The 71-year-old actress played the role of Roy Cropper’s (David Neilson) formidable mother Sylva Goodwin in the ITV soap between April 2011 and August 2013.
Appearing on Daybreak earlier today, Cole was asked whether we have seen the last of Sylvia, she replied:
Yes, we have. I’m terrible, you see. I’m a little bit like a fly – I like to flit hither and thither! Well, let’s say a butterfly – that’s rather nice, isn’t it?
I don’t like being away from theatre too long, I don’t like being away from telly too long. I adored my time on Corrie – great, wonderful actors, great crews and great scripts. And also, of course, Robert Vaughn as my love interest – it can’t be bad, can it?
Sylvia made an abrupt departure from the cobbles, shortly after her daughter-in-law Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Cole recently reprised her role as Mrs. Featherstone in Still Open All Hours for BBC One, a revival of the classic corner shop sitcom and is about to embark on a tour with the play This May Hurt A Bit. The play explores the workings of the NHS.
Speaking of her latest theatre role, Cole said:
It’s set in and around a family who have reason to use the NHS, so there are a lot of laughs and it’s also very moving. You actually learn about how near we are to losing our NHS.
When I was a child, I remember when it came in. Of course I don’t remember all the details, but I remember my parents’ relief when they realised that they could go to or call a doctor and know that they didn’t have to count the pennies before they did it.
We really are within a hair’s breadth, and it’s something about which I’m passionate.
Daybreak airs weekdays from 6.00am on ITV. This May Hurt a Bit tours the UK from 6th March until 21st June.