Acclaimed British actress Maureen Lipman CBE has joined the cast of Coronation Street.

Maureen Lipman re-joins Corrie in a new role, this time as Evelyn Plummber

Maureen will play Tyrone (Alan Halsall) grandma Evelyn Plummer, she comes into his life after he decides to look into his family history following the recent death of his mum Jackie.

Outspoken battle-axe Evelyn will soon be ruling the roost at 9 Coronation Street much to Fiz’s (Jennie McAlpine) chagrin, as well as ruffling feathers amongst the wider Weatherfield community.

“I’m beyond thrilled that we are introducing such a great new character, played by someone of Maureen’s pedigree.” – Iain MacLeod, Coronation Street producer

The role of Evelyn isn’t Maureen’s first in the show, script rewrites in 2002 – instigated by Julie Goodyear’s aborted return to the saga as the iconic Bet Lynch – saw her briefly appear as snooty Rovers boss Lillian Spencer. Former landlady Bet had originally been scripted to regain control of the establishment.

Maureen as Lillian Spencer in 2002 with John Savident as Fred Elliott

Maureen’s vast CV also includes Roman Polanski’s award winning film The Pianist, Educating Rita and Oklahoma. She has appeared in TV series such as All at Number 20, The Fugitives and Plebs. She is also remembered for her role as Beatie in the 1980s BT Adverts.

Her theatre credits include more than twenty five West End productions including the award winning Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman. Of her ten humorous books, How Was it for You? is the most popular. She is currently appearing in a new one woman show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Maureen Lipman is ‘Up For It’ is playing the Assembly George Square Theatre until 12th August.

“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.” – Iain MacLeod

Evelyn will make her debut on the cobbles in September, ITV say.

Lillian Spencer was a temporary manager at the Rovers Return, following the second departure of Julie Goodyear’s Bet Lynch
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