Julie was born and still lives in Heywood Lancashire.
In May 1966, Julie joined Coronation Street for a six week appearance as machinist Bet Lynch. After appearing in ITV’s Family at War, Nearest and Dearest, War of Darkie, Pilbeam and The Wheeltappers and Shunters, Julie re-joined Coronation Street in 1970 and stayed there for 25 years. With her trademark beehive hair style, earrings and leopard skin (very much her own creation), the character of Bet Lynch became landlady of the Rovers Return in 1985 and Julie established herself firmly in the hearts of the British public and indeed all over the world.
Since departing Coronation Street she has appeared in Street of Dreams (MEN Arena Manchester), La Cage Aux Folles (UK Tour), Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre, London), Aladdin (Royal Court Theatre), Snow White (Manchester Opera House) and two Royal Variety Shows. She appeared in the BBC television comedy sketch show Revolver and made a guest appearance in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.
Julie appeared in Celebrity Big Brother for Channel 5 and during her 22 days in the house she not only proved herself to be one of the most entertaining housemates they’ve ever had but her catchphrase ‘Get it, Got It, Good’ was on everyone’s lips. She hosted The Julie Goodyear Talk Show, Live Time for Granada Breeze and had her own show on Manchester Talk Radio.
Her other television credits include Celebrity Come Dine with Me, Celebrity Fit Club, I’m Famous and Frightened, Most Haunted, Celebrity Age Swap, The Lottery Live, They Can’t Fire Me I’m Famous – Piers Morgan Show, Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong, All Star Mr & Mrs, Celebrity Stars in their Eyes, The Graham Norton Show, Farwell Vera, The Corrie Years and 50 Years 50 Moments and This Is Your Life.
Piers Morgan described Julie as “one of the most unpredictable, outrageous, emotional & hilarious guests I’ve ever had” when she appeared on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.
Julie has received numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Recognition Award at the National TV Awards. In 1996 she was awards an MBE for her services to Television and Drama.
In 2006, she published her autobiography Just Julie.