Stars in the soaps

As the won­der­ful Mau­reen Lip­man joins the cast of Coro­na­tion Street, we look back at the other fa­mous faces who’ve trod the cob­bles over the decades…

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Coro­na­tion Street has a new bat­tleaxe on its hands! And this time she looks re­mark­ably fa­mil­iar. After four decades in show busi­nesses, ac­tress Mau­reen Lip­man has this au­tumn joined the soap play­ing Eve­lyn Plum­mer, who has come to the street to help grand­son Ty­rone (be­low) after the death of his mum, Jackie. As a real ‘char­ac­ter’, she fol­lows in the foot­steps of many feisty women to have bossed around the res­i­dents of Coro­na­tion Street over the years, from Ena Sharples to Blanche Hunt. But as well as that, Mau­reen also be­comes the lat­est in a long line of celebri­ties to have acted on the cob­bles since the show be­gan in 1960. See how many of these fa­mous faces you re­mem­ber spot­ting in The Rovers Re­turn… ■ A touch of Dy­nasty came to the cob­bles in 2009 when ac­tress Stephanie Beacham (right and above) joined the cast as Martha Fraser. She joined a long line of ac­tresses who’ve played a love in­ter­est of Ken Bar­low, al­though it all ended in tears when Ken re­alised he still loved his wife Deirdre and left Martha jilted. Stephanie said “the show is watched by so many peo­ple that I felt priv­i­leged to be part of it” and hasn’t ruled out re­turn­ing one day.

■ Who’d have thought Nor­ris Cole’s brother would turn out to be Manuel from Fawlty Tow­ers? But that’s ex­actly what hap­pened when An­drew Sachs (right and above with Eileen Der­byshire) joined the soap in 2009. He played the brother Nor­ris blamed for his mother’s death who came to make amends after he was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour. ■ It seems Mr Smooth him­self, Nigel Havers (left), just can’t get enough of Cor­rie hav­ing just re­turned to the soap this sum­mer for the third time as trou­bled schmoozer Lewis Archer. He’s schemed half of the street out of their money, bro­ken a fair few hearts and hav­ing been an on-off love in­ter­est for Au­drey Roberts since the start, it looks like his lat­est re­turn will see him once again do all he can to get Au­drey back. ■ In her two years on the street as the out­spo­ken Sylvia Good­win, ac­tress Stephanie Cole (above) man­aged to alien­ate most of the cus­tomers of Roy’s Rolls with her money-scrimp­ing schemes, make her son Roy’s life mis­er­able and stick her nose in most sit­u­a­tions that weren’t her busi­ness, but we ab­so­lutely loved watch­ing her nonon­sense char­ac­ter who sadly de­parted the cob­bles in 2013.

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