SHE’S a typical hardy Lancashire lass, best known for her outrageous role in Channel 4’s infamous gritty comedy drama Shameless.
But Alice Barry’s sense of humour and no-nonsense attitude have seen her through some tough and tragic times.
And the Blackpool resident is to tell all in her autobiography – which reveals details of her sad family history, her Catholic childhood and her move into show business.
With characteristic frankness, she recalls in the book her often brutal and physically abusive Catholic education.
Targeted by bullies and teachers alike, she reveals how she was subjected to cruelty at a young age. And she tells of being subjected to sexual advances from her uncle at the age of 12.
The book also touches on how Alice’s mother, who worked in a local cotton mill, suffered a horrific accident in which she lost her arm.
A teenage Alice was so unhappy she attempted to escape from the domestic misery which followed with an overdose of aspirin.
Alice tells readers about her beloved “gentle giant” and love of her life Terry and how heart-broken she was when he passed away.
She reveals how not long after the birth of her son, her family was hit by tragedy when her 26-year-old brother died of cancer.
And she tells how she went on to become a household name, starring in Shameless, as well as Coronation Street, Clocking Off and Phoenix Nights.
Alice, who used to own Barry’s Hotel on Charnley Road, said: “I’ve had many ups and downs in my life. I have certainly had a very interesting life.
“I’ve tried to be very honest in the book and everything is laid bare.
“I’ve been working on it on and off for the last two years really.
“If I thought of something, I would just sit and write it down and add it in and do a bit at a time.
“I am a great believer in the saying ‘what is for you won’t go past you’.
“I didn’t think I would ever end up on TV, being a TV star.
“I hope reading it might be able to help people.
“It might give them some hope or at least they may feel they are not alone.
“It’s going to be a busy time with the book coming out, and I am going over to Spain soon – I have a part in Benidorm.
“I am really looking forward to that. I hope people will like the book.”
Who the Hell is Alice? by Alice Barry is published this month, in hardback, by John Blake publishing, priced £14.99.