Coronation Street Maureen Lipman joining Coronation Street

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  1. Barbara Fan

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    Great character actress, making a return to the cobbles

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45056391

    Coronation Street is adding Maureen Lipman to the list of acclaimed actors joining its ranks - she will play "outspoken battleaxe" Evelyn Plummer, the grandma of Tyrone Dobbs.

    Her character comes into Tyrone's life when he researches his family history after the death of his mother, Jackie.

    She will "ruffle a few feathers on the Street", according to ITV, much to the dismay of Tyrone's girlfriend Fiz.

    The show's producer Iain MacLeod said he was "beyond thrilled".
    He described Evelyn as a "great new character" saying he was so pleased she would be "played by someone of Maureen's pedigree".

    "Evelyn is eye-wateringly withering and will add a fresh dollop of northern humour to the show as she turns Tyrone and Fiz's lives upside down," he added.

    Lipman, who appeared in Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning film The Pianist, was also in Educating Rita and the musical Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman. She is currently appearing in new a one-woman show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe called Up For It.

    She has also written 10 humorous books and her late husband Jack Rosenthal, who died in 2004, wrote 250 episodes of Coronation Street.

    Lipman told BBC One's Breakfast she wasn't sure at first if she would be able to fit a soap role in alongside her Edinburgh show.

    "I got the call from Coronation Street and 'I thought I can't do this because I've got a show'," she said.

    "I've got a picture of my late husband, a triptych, and there are lights above it. And I was saying 'I don't think I can do it', and then the light came on - above his picture!

    "So I thought OK... and I am now a character in the Street - and a pretty nasty one at that. I'm playing a monster."

    She is among several big names to have appeared on the long-running ITV soap, including Sir Ian McKellen, Andrew Sachs, Rula Lenska, Stephanie Beacham, Nigel Havers and Noddy Holder. The show has also featured Sir Ben Kingsley and Joanna Lumley in their early acting days.

    Lipman, who previously appeared in the soap in 2002 as a relief manageress at the Rovers, will return to the cobbles in September.
     
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    nice to see old and long gone faces!!
     
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  4. LouiseP

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    Another harridan to join the Street.
     
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    I think she is a good actress, can act and that is a refreshing change from Sinus Sinead, Maria, Chesney, Raw zie, Yasmeen, rana, Jude et al -= all planks of wood

    Corrie needs older cast members, Norris is sick, Emily is awol to keep a balance

    I havent watched it for ages but once autumn is here and dark nights Im sure i will tune in again
     
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    It's great that they've signed up Lipman and she will bring great character to the show, but my problem is she's just another big named actress that will have no longterm plans with the show. Just like Stephanie Beachman, Andrew Sachs, Robert Vaughn, Stephanie Cole, Sue Johnston and Ian McKellen she won't be around that long. What we need is some more unknown elderly actors who might stick around.
     
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    I think she'll be brilliant! I hope she will be like Blanche.
     
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    //Corrie needs older cast members, Norris is sick, Emily is awol to keep a balance//

    I agree. No, I am not against older cast members, just why do they have to be harridans? Mind you, I loved Blanche. Can't they be sweethearts?
     
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    Yes i agree, they can be spiky and funny without being harridans.
     

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