College student lands job on nation’s favourite street


Former hairdressing student, Poppy Nicholson, has snapped up a job on the set of one of the nation’s most beloved soaps, Coronation Street.

After graduating from a make-up course at university, Poppy, 22, rapidly discovered that most jobs she was interested in applying for required hairdressing skills for applications to even be considered.

After recommendation from family and friends she enrolled onto a part-time hairdressing course at Barnsley College where she was given the relevant training and received the skills required to progress in her make-up artistry career. As Poppy is now living in Manchester, this meant that she had to take the lengthy journey to college every Tuesday evening to complete her studies alongside working full-time.

Poppy now works as a hair and make-up artist on Coronation Street and has also worked on a feature film starring Daniel Day Lewis where she was challenged with preparing over 500 people, starting shifts in the early hours of the morning to make sure everyone was ready for filming.

Poppy’s aspiration to work within the TV and film industry started when she worked as a runner on well-known TV programmes such as ‘Judge Rinder’, ‘Jeremy Kyle’, ‘X Factor’, ‘Countdown’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ during her time at university. Since then she has built up professional contacts whilst endlessly volunteering to help assist make-up artists on any big productions they have booked in.

Poppy returned to college as an inspirational speaker to talk to current hair and beauty students about her career path and give tips on being successful within the competitive industry.

Hair and Beauty Course Leader, Julie Allen, taught Poppy during her time at college. She said: “Poppy has shown true commitment and dedication during her time with us, working long hours and then travelling from Manchester to Barnsley to achieve her qualification. She has produced outstanding work on the hairdressing course and is a very talented Hair and Make-up Artist that can look forward to a very exciting and long career.”

Poppy added: “I had heard that the tutors were amazing at Barnsley College and would be able to help work my studies around my full-time job. I loved learning new skills and having the opportunity to practise whilst under supervision. The tutors allowed me to work at my own pace and have been extremely supportive throughout my time studying with them. Without completing the Hairdressing course they offered so conveniently on an evening, I would not have been able to progress in my career and be working at Coronation Street now.”


For more information on Barnsley College’s Hair and Beauty courses call 01226 216 123, email or visit their department page.


Last updated: 21st June 2017

Originally posted on: 20th June 2017