From watching out for her Scouse brood in Brookside to offering tea and sympathy to her daughter in Coronation Street
When your gambling addict of a husband has left you in debt and embarked on an affair with your friend, you could do with the reassuring presence of your mother. As luck would have it, that is exactly what happens in Coronation Street in the coming weeks, when put-upon landlady Stella welcomes her mum Gloria back into her life. But when Stella discovers that Gloria – who has been running a bar in Spain – is also harbouring secrets, how long will the happy family reunion last? Actress Sue has made a career out of playing some of the small screen’s most treasured matriarchs, from Sheila Grant in Brookside to Barbara in The Royle Family.