HOLLYOAKS star Nicole Barber-Lane has revealed her surprising new career three years after quitting the soap.
The actress – who was best known for playing Myra McQueen – stepped back from her long-term role in 2019, with her character deciding to move to Spain.
Nicole, 52, has since found a new career – and it’s far from her acting role, as she does tarot card reading and Reiki for customers.
She told Spirit and Destiny magazine about her new role, which includes her helping her “actor friends” with their spirituality.
“Since Covid, I’ve been doing distance healing and still get calls from actor friends who need help,” Nicole explained.
“I do oracle card readings as well as Reiki, but I don’t publicise that.”
“I find tarot cards can scare people, whereas oracle cards ease people in. When I’m giving a reading, I always say, ‘Don’t tell me anything, because I don’t want to feel influenced by something you say’.”
The star admitted she turned to the career after discovering her “intuition” was correct on people’s life paths.
Nicole previously played Myra in the E4 soap, and made her decision to step back from the role in 2019 after 13 years.
She bowed out of the role after Myra realised she had to leave so her ex Sally St. Claire could stay on.
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Confirming her exit from the show, Nicole Barber Lane said at the time: “I loved working at Hollyoaks, I miss everybody.
“It just feels like home, but I feel like I need to do something different for me. I’m so proud of the show and I love it to bits.”
She added: “My favourite storyline this time around was Myra meeting Sally and that relationship developing in to what it became.
“Also, the little partnership that I had with Lysette Anthony (Marnie Nightingale) that was precious, I love it all.”
In the show Myra has gone to live with two of her surviving children, Jacqui and Michaela in Alicante and stop them from going off the rails.
Viewers know she is really leaving because she wrecked her relationship with Sally and her family need Sally more than her.
She packed her bags and took off with youngest daughter Carmina, despite Mercedes begging her to stay.