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Saturday 17th August 2019

Catherine Tyldesley slams claims she'd never return to Coronation Street

The door was left open...

Catherine Tyldesley has lashed out at reports she would never return to Coronation Street.

The actress, 35, has claimed it's "utter rubbish" that she'd refuse to head back to the cobbles due to the "gruelling schedules".

Catherine played Eva Price in the ITV soap, seen here with Kate Connor (Credit: ITV)

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A report in today's Daily Star (May 16) credits her with saying that she would 'never go back to Corrie' because of the 'gruelling 12-hour shifts'.

She is said to have 'hit out' at her former employer, telling the publication: "It was 7am to 7pm every day at Corrie. Those are moments in your life you never get back. I love spending more time with my little boy now."

Catherine also revealed "she'd not managed to watch" the soap since leaving because she's "too busy".

Catherine is currently starring in 15 Days on C5 (Credit: C5)

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However, Catherine slammed the report as inaccurate.

Using her Twitter account to clarify her true feelings with her 421,000 followers, she wrote: "Utter rubbish. I didn't ever say that.

I had the happiest of times there and have NEVER said a bad word against it.

"I've always spoken of Corrie fondly and said I'd love to go back?!?! I had the happiest of times there and have NEVER said a bad word against it. Please check facts. Kind regards."

Catherine played barmaid Eva Price for seven years before leaving in 2018. She left in heartbreaking circumstances after the father of her baby, Aidan, took his own life.

Following a battle for custody with Aidan's dad Johnny, Eva left Weatherfield - but the door was left open for her to return.

Catherine also addressed the matter on Instagram (Credit: Instagram/auntiecath17)

She also denied the reports on her Instagram stories insisting she would love to go back and she's "never ever said any words of negativity surrounding it".

The actress went on to say: "It was the right time for me to leave because as an actor I wanted to experience other roles and I wanted to travel and I did want to spend more time with my little boy."

When Catherine left Corrie she said: "Coronation Street has been a dream job for me which is why this was such a difficult decision to leave.

"Eva has been such fun to play over the last seven years, and who knows, one day she might storm the cobbles of Weatherfield again.

"In the meantime I'm excited about the future, new acting projects, and spending time with my family."

Catherine is married to personal trainer Tom Pitford, with whom she has four-year-old son Alfie.

She is currently starring in C5's drama 15 Days, in which she has received warm reviews and praise for her Welsh accent.

The drama, stripped across four nights this week, is Catherine's first TV outing since hanging up Eva Price's heels last year.

Catherine plays Sara, one of several siblings who have returned to the family home in Wales following the death of their mother.

She recently announced she'd joined the cast of brand new TV sitcom Scarborough, which follows the lives and loves of a handful of residents in the sometimes sunny beach resort in North Yorkshire.

The former cobbles favourite will play the role of Karen in the six-part series, which is written and directed by Benidorm creator Derren Litten.

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