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Linda is single and loving it. She may not have found Mr Right just yet, but she's having a whale of a time looking!
Manchester born and bred, Linda's (Liza Tarbuck) in her early thirties and has the same friends she's had since primary school. By day she potters around in Craven Lane Motors selling cars and flirting with mechanics. At night she can usually be found singing her heart out on stage at the Lee Lane Social Club.
Her best friend, Michelle, may be settled and happy with her boyfriend and kids, but Linda is showing no signs of settling down. She's living life to the fullest.
But her on-again-off-again romance with Jimmy (Sean Gallagher) gives Linda a glimpse of what it's like to be in a relationship, whilst providing actress Liza Tarbuck with enjoyable days on set.
"Half the female population are in love with Sean Gallagher who plays Jimmy and they consequently think Linda is mad for not settling down with him, whilst also envying their shag-buddy relationship. There’s more of the Linda/Jimmy relationship in the second series which is great for me as Sean and I are great mates, so we always have a laugh doing those scenes - we just lie there like an old married couple."
In the second series Linda gets all Mills & Boon with a guy she meets on a blind date; falls deeply in lust with a market researcher; gets serious with a man who's old enough to be her father; and goes out with a guy with an unquenchable thirst for new experiences.
In addition to the men in her life, Linda also finds time to indulge in a range of passing fads - from Feng Shui to radical politics - and to spend time with her mates at the club, where she sings most nights of the week.
Although Liza's happy to be identified with the character of Linda she does admit that there are some aspects of her personality that she has trouble coming to terms with.
"There are times when I think I’d tell her to piss off," she says. "Times when she's a bit hard. One of the most difficult things for me is to make her warm because she can be very selfish sometimes. Her friends let her get away with it for many different reasons but mainly because they want to carry on being her friend and because they've known her for so long that they don’t see it."
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