Who is Leandra Ashton and what character did she play in Coronation Street?

6 November 2020, 09:13

Leandra Ashton had a role in Coronation Street
Leandra Ashton had a role in Coronation Street. Picture: Instagram/ITV

Ex-Corrie star Leandra Ashton's mum was arrested after trying to remove her gran, 97, from a care home.

Leandra Ashton hit the headlines this week after her mum was arrested for trying to take her 97-year-old gran from a care home.

The star shared a video on Facebook of her mother, Ylenia Angeli, being escorted away in handcuffs.

The 73-year-old was visiting her mother - who suffers from dementia - in Humberside after the family were unable to see her for nine months as a result of the pandemic.

The footage then went viral, and Leandra and her mother have since appeared on This Morning, telling hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby they are horrified by the incident.

But who is Leandra Ashton and who did she play in Coronation Street?

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Who did Leandra Ashton play in Coronation Street?

Leandra Ashton played the character of Saskia Larson in Coronation Street for five episodes back in 2016.

According to Coronation Street Wiki, she was introduced as Will Chatterton’s fiancée and hired Michelle Connor to plan their wedding.

Michelle and Will then had an affair while both Saskia and Michelle’s husband Steve McDonald was away.

Will and Saskia then broke up and Saskia left Weatherfield for good.

Leandra has also had roles in Holby City,The Bill, Doctors and Life Bites.

She is now a qualified yoga teacher and shares her journey on Instagram.

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"Over the years she had unlearnt movement the courage to express her body, dimmed shyness, stiffness, she'd rather watch and sit out But something inside her told her - Move! Dance! Express! She knew she would rise, move, remember who she was if she let inhibition go. ... reclaiming her body, placing herself in unknown territory, feeling the pain of a timid heart and a brave soul reaching. Reclaiming her power..." Lynette Allen ' Nourishment for the Rise of the Feminine' The world is crying out for a new form of leadership, balanced living and true health. ✨ What if this time of deep unknown gives us the space to design a future that has a new relationship to the Feminine? What if our future depended on it? ✨ Join me in exploring the Feminine through the yogic perspective of 'Shakti'. Through archetypes of Goddesses, uncover your own, unique relationship to the Feminine. I share practices that have transformed me: things that I've learnt about the Feminine through fertility, fatigue and energy awakening. ✨ £54 (£9 per 90 minute session) including access to all recordings. If you took part in May, are an online subscriber and would like to repeat, I'd love to welcome you along with a 50% discount, so a total of £27. ✨ Thursday 22nd Oct - 26th November. 7-8.30pm (90 minute classes). Open to everyone! Whatever your gender or non gender - this is relevant to you! DM me for link and details.

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Leandra Ashton arrest incident

Leandra Ashton recently shared footage of her mum being handcuffed on Facebook.

Retired nurse Ylenia, 73, hadn’t seen her mum for nine months and wanted to take her out of the care home and look after her at home.

The pair then drove their elderly relative to a nearby garden centre, where they were then apprehended by the police.

Humberside Police later confirmed it had withdrawn the arrest and let Ms Angeli to return home with her elderly mother.

Speaking about the incident on This Morning, Ylenia said it was unplanned but that seeing her mother through the window and not being able to hug her ‘broke her heart’.

‘I just wanted to hold her, I just wanted to tell her I loved her,’ she said.

Ylenia said she doesn’t blame the police for doing their job, but added: ‘We can't see our loved ones and they are deteriorating before our eyes.’

The care home has refused to comment on the incident.

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