Eileen Derbyshire aka Emily in December 18 Photo

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  1. Barbara Fan

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    Lovely to see and she looks well.

    Martyn Hett’s boyfriend meets Corrie's Emily Bishop in memory of the soap super-fan

    Russell Hayward had dinner with Coronation Street legend Eileen Derbyshire on Martyn's birthday

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    Martyn Hett’s boyfriend says it was "dream come true" to meet Coronation Street's Eileen Derbyshire on the soap super-fan's 31st birthday.

    Russell Hayward was thrilled to have dinner with Corrie icon Eileen, who plays Emily Bishop in the show, to mark the special day and the moving moment was shared by a delighted Russell on Twitter.

    A rare photo of Eileen away from the cobbles shows the actress smiling for the camera and holding hands with Russell who has his arm around the TV legend.

    And Russell says the dinner was the start to a "wonderful friendship."

    He tweeted: "A dream came true for me on Saturday. On @martynhett’s birthday, in his memory, I was lucky enough to spend the evening having dinner with Eileen Derbyshire (who played Emily Bishop) and her son, @OllieHolt22. A start to a wonderful friendship. I still can’t quite believe it!"

    Martyn, from Stockport, was one of 22 people to lose their lives in the Manchester Arena attack on May 22 last year.


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    Martyn Hett (Image: Handout)
    He had a tattoo of Deirdre Barlow on his leg and he and Russell named their beloved pet cat Emily Bishop in honour of the character, who was famously almost murdered by serial killer Richard Hillman
    Emily, who has been in Corrie since 1961, was last seen in Weatherfield in January 2016 before flying out to Peru to visit her nephew Spider.
     
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  2. Mel O'Drama

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    She does indeed.

    Eileen has always seemed perhaps the most elusive Corrie actor in terms of public appearances. Admirably so. That's a true privilege for Russell.
     
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    I agree, a bit like the BBG of Dallas - I wonder if she will ever return to the Corrie cobbles?
    I hope she is happily enjoying her life without early starts I the morning
     
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    It's really nice that the Corrie cast continue to support those who were close to Martyn Hett. Eileen Derbyshire looks lovely.
     
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