Sally Lindsay, 50, criticizes TV executives for ageism towards women and alleges a limited group of older actresses are given opportunities on television.

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Sally Lindsay has slammed TV bosses for not casting older women on shows or only allowing them to play grandmothers.

The former Coronation Street actress, 50, said that she had turned towards writing and producing to create her own opportunities due to shortage of available roles.

Speaking to the Radio Times, she said: ‘My show is 70 per cent women of a certain age. I think it’s b******t that you get to a certain age, and then you’re not wanted or you’re playing grandmas at 50.’

Sally went on to claim that there’s a list of only ten older actresses who are permitted to be cast, that doesn’t include herself.

She said: ‘There’s a list of ten older women who are allowed to be on telly and I’m not on that list, so that’s why I wrote my own show.’

Sally Lindsay has slammed TV bosses for not casting older women on shows or only allowing them to play grandmothers (pictured last month)

Sally Lindsay has slammed TV bosses for not casting older women on shows or only allowing them to play grandmothers (pictured last month)

The Coronation Street actress, 50, said that she had turned towards writing and producing to create her own opportunities due to shortage of available roles (pictured this month)

The Coronation Street actress, 50, said that she had turned towards writing and producing to create her own opportunities due to shortage of available roles (pictured this month)

She went on to say that the limits against women on shows also delayed the production of her series Scott & Bailey, with Suranne Jones, for six years (pictured with Suranne in 2022)

She went on to say that the limits against women on shows also delayed the production of her series Scott & Bailey, with Suranne Jones, for six years (pictured with Suranne in 2022)

She went on to say that the limits against women on shows also delayed the production of her series Scott & Bailey, with Suranne Jones, for six years.

Sally explained: ‘Suranne Jones and I were trying to sell Scott & Bailey for six years, because when we were going into meetings, they would say, ‘Yeah, but where’s the bloke? Where’s the man for the women to look at?’

‘We were like, ‘There isn’t one, there doesn’t need to be one’. It’s almost like, ‘We’ve got Sally Wainwright, we’re fine. Everything else, it’s got to be these five blokes’.’

The ITV police procedural series aired from 2011 to 2016 and was based on an idea from Sally and Suranne, who came up with the concept while chatting in a pub.

Sally was interested in a programme detailing the lives of two professional women and was a fan of Cagney & Lacey.

Suranne said at the time that there needed to be more roles for women ‘that weren’t wife-of, sidekick-to, mother-of, mistress-to, etc.’

There has appeared to be more interesting roles for older women in recent years, but some have argued they are played by the same actresses, such as Olivia Colman, 50, who recently starred in The Crown, Heartstopper and Great Expectations.

Others include Sarah Lancashire, 59, who had star roles in Happy Valley and Julia, Helena Bonham Carter, 57, in Nolly and The Crown and Gillian Anderson, 55, with Sex Education and also The Crown. 

There has appeared to be more interesting roles for older women in recent years, but some have argued they are played by the same actresses, such as Olivia Colman, 50, who recently starred in The Crown (pictured), Heartstopper and Great Expectations

There has appeared to be more interesting roles for older women in recent years, but some have argued they are played by the same actresses, such as Olivia Colman, 50, who recently starred in The Crown (pictured), Heartstopper and Great Expectations

Others include Sarah Lancashire, 59, who had star roles in Happy Valley (pictured) and Julia, Helena Bonham Carter, 57, in Nolly and The Crown and Gillian Anderson, 55, with Sex Education and also The Crown

Others include Sarah Lancashire, 59, who had star roles in Happy Valley (pictured) and Julia, Helena Bonham Carter, 57, in Nolly and The Crown and Gillian Anderson, 55, with Sex Education and also The Crown 

During the past year, Nicola Walker, 53, has had main roles in The Split, Annika (pictured), Marriage and Mary & George

During the past year, Nicola Walker, 53, has had main roles in The Split, Annika (pictured), Marriage and Mary & George

While Keeley Hawes, 48, has bagged a staggering number of lead roles in recent years, including Bodyguard (pictured), Year of the Rabbit, Finding Alice, It's a Sin, The Midwich Cuckoos, Crossfire, Stonehouse and Miss Austen

While Keeley Hawes, 48, has bagged a staggering number of lead roles in recent years, including Bodyguard (pictured), Year of the Rabbit, Finding Alice, It’s a Sin, The Midwich Cuckoos, Crossfire, Stonehouse and Miss Austen

During the past year, Nicola Walker, 53, has had main roles in The Split, Annika, Marriage and Mary & George.

While Keeley Hawes, 48, has bagged a staggering number of lead roles in recent years, including Bodyguard, Year of the Rabbit, Finding Alice, It’s a Sin, The Midwich Cuckoos, Crossfire, Stonehouse and Miss Austen.

It comes after Sally spoke out about dealing with misogyny on the set of Coronation Street, which she starred on as Shelley Unwin from 2001 to 2006.

She spoke about the rampant sexism in the industry and reflected on her own experiences behind the scenes.

Speaking on the Chatabix podcast, Sally said: ‘Certain directors, it was usually on Coronation Street actually, and they wouldn’t last very long put it that way, they were discovered quite quickly.

‘There was one, he was an absolute dire misogynist and he…I was the lead, obviously I was Shelley, and the lead character in my storyline and there was an actor brought in to play something with my storyline.

‘And this actor, who will remain nameless said, “She’s in my eyeline” and just pointed at me. This k*** of an actor.’

She continued: ‘I turned round to the director to say, “Can you tell him not to say that, not to treat me like that” you know? And he went, “Could you just move Sally? I mean I think it’s probably best if you do.”

‘So even though it was my bar, as landlady of the Rovers, it was a major part and they still went with the bloke.’

It comes after Sally spoke out about dealing with misogyny on the set of Coronation Street, which she starred on as Shelley Unwin from 2001 to 2006 (pictured on soap)

It comes after Sally spoke out about dealing with misogyny on the set of Coronation Street, which she starred on as Shelley Unwin from 2001 to 2006 (pictured on soap)

She spoke about the rampant sexism in the industry and reflected on her own experiences behind the scenes (pictured in November)

She spoke about the rampant sexism in the industry and reflected on her own experiences behind the scenes (pictured in November)

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