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Sunday 8th December 2019

Ex-Casualty star Jane Hazlegrove joins Coronation Street as Gemma and Paul's mum

She previously starred in the soap 34 years ago as a different character

Coronation Street has announced Gemma and Paul's mum Bernie will be arriving on the cobbles soon played by actress Jane Hazlegrove.

The pair's estranged mother will be bursting onto the cobbles in July.

She's an old raver who still sees herself as a free spirit, never one to be tied down by a man or responsibilities, especially if it means hard work.

This week she will fail to pick Gemma up when the pregnant Miss Winter plans to leave the street. However, she will be turning up further down the line.

Jane as Dixie in Casualty (Credit: BBC)

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Bernie does love her kids, the problem is she has never been good at ordinary things and, after years of being a party animal and a part-time parent, she has let them down more times than they can count.

While Gemma is pleased to have her mum around, Paul is more suspicious of her motives. But Bernie is there to support her daughter through her pregnancy and prove she can be a good mum for once.

Bernie will fail to pick Gemma up (Credit: ITV)

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I'm thrilled to be joining Coronation Street.

Jane Hazlegrove, who is best known for her role as paramedic Dixie in BBC's Casualty, said: "I'm thrilled to be joining Coronation Street.

"It's where I started my apprenticeship as a very young actor. I can't wait to get stuck in."

Jane was last seen in Weatherfield 1985, when she played Sue Clayton, who was the daughter of Harry and Connie Clayton at No. 11.

Jane played on Casualty for a decade (Credit: BBC)

A Coronation Street spokesperson said: "Like mother, like daughter.

"We are very pleased that the fantastic Jane Hazlegrove has agreed to join the cast as the irrepressible and impossible Gemma's even more irrepressible and impossible mother. Fur will fly!"

Coronation Street is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm, with an extra episode on Thursday at 8.30pm on ITV.

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