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Dame Maureen Lipman praises "exceptional" Coronation Street co-stars

Dame Maureen Lipman praises
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Dame Maureen Lipman talks up her Coronation Street co-stars, describing them as "quite exceptional actors".

Dame Maureen Lipman has launched a staunch defence of Coronation Street, praising the "quite exceptional actors" that work alongside her.

The 76-year-old joined the world's longest-running soap in 2018 as Evelyn Plummer, the no-nonsense grandmother of Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall), and quickly became a fan favourite.

The role came 14 years after the death of her husband Jack Rosenthal, a Corrie legend who wrote 129 episodes in the 1960s.

"I won't hear a word against it," Lipman told Reader's Digest. "It's full of quite exceptional actors working with very little rehearsal, very little direction.

"Am I envious of some of my peers? Sometimes, yes. Do I have the right to be? Of course not.

"Would I like to be in Sex Education? Yes, of course.

"Am I sorry I've signed up with Corrie for another year? No, I'm not."

Lipman was awarded her Damehood in 2020 in recognition of her services to charity, entertainment and the arts.

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