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Dame Maureen Lipman: "I am an actress - not an actor"

Dame Maureen Lipman:
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Dame Maureen Lipman laments the phasing out of the word "actress" in favour of "actor".

Dame Maureen Lipman has lamented the phasing out of the word "actress" in favour of "actor".

The 76-year-old, who has been in the business since the '60s, was asked for her views on "woke culture" - including women's rights - in a new interview for Reader's Digest.

"I am an actress - not an actor," she replied. "And if somebody tries to take the word 'woman' away from me, I shall be very cross!"

She continued: "Yes, some of my views can be a little old-fashioned. But don't attack me for them.

"Consider my point of view. Demonstrate a little kindness. Be patient."

The Coronation Street star has just signed a new deal to continue playing no-nonsense Evelyn Plummer on the soap for at least another year.

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