ITV have today announced that acclaimed British actress Maureen Lipman CBE has joined the cast of Coronation Street and will be seen on screen in September.
Maureen will play Tyrone Dobb’s grandma Evelyn Plummer, she comes into his life after he decides to research his family history following the recent death of his mum Jackie.
Outspoken battleaxe Evelyn will soon be ruling the roost at number 9 much to Fiz’s dismay and it isn’t long before she starts to ruffle a few feathers on the Street.
Coronation Street Producer Iain MacLeod said “I am beyond thrilled that we are introducing such a great new character, 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.”
As it stands, further details of how Tyrone finds his grandma are being kept under wraps until her first appearance this September.
Eagle-eyed Corrie fans will remember that Maureen did make a brief appearance in the soap back in 2002 as snooty landlady Lillian Spencer.
Maureen's previous work includes starring roles inThe Pianist, Educating Rita and Oklahoma as well as 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 over 25 West End productions including the award winning Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman. Of her ten humorous books, How Was it for You? remains the most popular.