FROM a heroin-addicted prostitute on one of TV's top rated dramas to a theatre role as a 30-something fitness fanatic plagued by a stalker - actress Sally Carman knows just how different jobs can be.
The Yorkshire lass is starring at Newcastle-under-Lyme's New Vic Theatre in the world premier of Smoke, which runs until tomorrow (Saturday, March 4).
Written by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, it is the tale of a hopeless young woman, a hapless young man, a hopeful young woman and a bewildered ghost whose worlds collide in a genre-defying spooky romantic comedy.
Donna and Theresa are best mates. They're sorted - nice flats, decent jobs, smart cars. But when it comes to men they have almost given up on ever meeting 'The One'.
And if things aren't already bad enough, Donna can't get rid of a man she doesn't want, Theresa wants a man she can't have and something weird is going on in their new flat.
Carman, who starred as Kevin's sister, the aforementioned prostitute in Channel 4's Shameless, plays Donna.
She says: 'It was such a fun part in Shameless. I had to wear really sexy clothes and a short red wig which was fabulous.
'I have had some good parts in some very good shows alongside actors such as David Jason who was lovely.
'But Shameless was great. I think it is so true to life - just exaggerated a little.'
Carman had a previous stint at Newcastle-under-Lyme's theatre-in-the-round before Christmas.
She appeared in Northern Broad-side's School for Scandal and says it is great to be back at the New Vic because there is nowhere to hide.
She adds: 'Donna is a young woman whose main focus in life is to undertake home improvements on her new flat, get fit and quit smoking.
'Theresa is played by Early Doors star Lisa Millett who I have known for the last 10 years. Theresa is man-mad but the two characters are great together.
'The relationship they have is as best friends and with me knowing Lisa for so long it has been nice to try and get that across.
'Donna has a stalker and I guess the play is, without giving too much away, a progression of how manic both girls become when they have to deal with it.
'I was asked to read for the play and from the very first page of the script I knew who Donna was and wanted to be in it.
'This is my second visit to the theatre and I love it. It is a beautiful place and everyone is so lovely.'
Away from the limelight the actress, who has also starred in At Home with the Braithwaites and Holby City, is busy planning for her wedding to actor fiancé Ryan Pope in September.
She says: 'I have been doing all the usual things you do for a wedding which has been keeping me busy.
Smoke runs at the New Vic until tomorrow (Saturday, March 4). For tickets priced £7 to £16, phone the box office on 01782 717962.