Maureen Lipman has revealed her late husband convinced her to return to Coronation Street again.
The actress' husband, Jack Rosenthal, died in 2004 of cancer and was one of the early writers on the ITV soap, penning 129 episodes.
Maureen Lipman has revealed her dead husband convinced her to rejoin Coronation Street (Credit: ITV)
And now she has revealed how when she was wavering about rejoining the soap, she was sent a sign by him.
She told the Daily Mirror: “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, ‘Okay’.
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“And I am now a character in the Street – and a pretty nasty one at that. I’m playing a monster.”
The acclaimed actress, 72, will play Tyrone Dobbs’ grandmother, Evelyn Plummer, when she arrives on the cobbles in September.
The Blanche Hunt style battleaxe comes into his life after Tyrone (Alan Halsall) decides to research his family history following the recent death of his mother Jackie.
Tyrone's lost his mam (Credit: Shutterstock)
The soap’s producer, Iain MacLeod, said: "I am beyond thrilled that we are introducing such a great new character, played by someone of Maureen’s pedigree.