Channi steps out into the spotlight

Beauty success: Channi Singh
Beauty success: Channi Singh
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Miss Preston International competes for UK title.

Her face might be vaguely familiar to soap fans, but soon Channi Singh hopes to step fully into the limelight.

I’m so proud of Preston and it’s a fantastic honour and privilege to represent the city

The TV extra, who boasts Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Citizen Khan among her screen credits, has been crowned Miss Preston International and is now off to conquer the nation – and maybe, one day, the world.

Preston-born Channi, 25, will represent her home city in the finals of the Miss United Kingdom International in next month.

Success there would put her on a flight to Japan to compete against titleholders from around the globe in the Miss International contest.

“I’m so proud of Preston and it’s a fantastic honour and privilege to represent the city in the UK,” she said at home in Deepdale.

“Whatever happens from now, being Miss Preston International will give me the chance to do so much more for the charities I’m passionate about.”

Channi, who was educated at Corpus Christi High School and Cardinal Newman College, hopes two charities in particular – St Catherine’s Hospice and the Christie Cancer Hospital – will benefit in some way from her beauty pageant success.

“In my role as Miss Preston International I’m involved in a lot of events in and around the city, trying to raise money for charity,” she said.

“I’m opening the Lancashire Festival at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet in Bilsborrow on June 28, I’m working with St Catherine’s for their Yellow Day and also a Bollywood Night. And I’m trying to do as much as I can for Christies.”

Channi, who also helps out at the Sikh Temple off New Hall Lane, has popped up in the background of various TV programmes and admits working as an extra has been a great experience.

“I do a little bit of acting,” she said. “But I’m only in the background, sitting in the cafe on Corrie or as a guest at a wedding in Citizen Khan.

“I’ve loved working on Corrie. Every time I go there everyone is just so friendly. It’s great fun.”