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Maureen Lipman said she was “nervous” she would annoy other soap regulars during her return to The Cobbles. The Coronation Street star made a comeback to the ITV soap in 2018 as Evelyn Plummer, the long-lost grandmother of Tyrone Dobbs, following a six-week stint on the soap in 2002.

The 74-year-old opened up in a new interview and admitted she was unsure how the rest of the cast would react to the actress.

Speaking in the latest issue of Prima magazine, the Evelyn Plummer star spoke candidly about making a comeback to the soap.

“On my first day back, I was incredibly nervous. I learned my lines until I knew them by heart, but I didn’t know how the rest of the cast would react to me,” Maureen started.

“There’s always that feeling when you join something new that the regulars will be slightly cheesed off that you’ve come.”

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Maureen explained that her show return was a lot like your first day of school.

She continued: “They have their jokes, they have their seats, then you arrive seeming a bit aloof because you’re actually more nervous than they know.

“It was a bit like going back to school!”

Discussing her time on the street, Maureen admitted she would like to introduce more comedy, however hard-hitting storylines don’t leave much room for it.

However, the small-screen star does have a good time with her co-star Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs) as the pair attempt to improvise.

Meanwhile, the Corrie star also opened up about the death of her late husband Jack Rosenthal who died in 2004.

The late Corrie writer died after losing his battle with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, and he was buried in Golders Green Jewish Cemetery.

Maureen admitted she found it “difficult to grieve” and felt “terrible” about not appearing to be upset about the playwright’s death, age 72.

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“I found it almost impossible to grieve because my nature is to make people laugh,” she explained.

“And then, I’d feel terrible about the fact I didn’t look like I was grieving enough.”

She continued: “To try to make myself feel better, I bought things. I bought a car, then I worried that people would think it was odd; why would she buy a car when her husband has just died?

“But I now know that we all grieve in our own ways; there’s no right or wrong way.”

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Elsewhere, Maureen walked off-air seemingly in disgust during an episode of Celebrity Gogglebox.

The actress was left turned-off by one of the shows she had to watch, Naked Attraction.

“Without question, the worst thing we watch is Naked Attraction,” Maureen said.

“It’s a long time since I’ve seen five uncircumcised penises all in a row. And I hope it’s a long time before I see them again. With the willies, I walked out of the room.”

Maureen Lipman appears on the front cover of Prima Magazine [DAN GOLDSMITH/PRIMA]

Elsewhere, Maureen walked off-air seemingly in disgust during an episode of Celebrity Gogglebox.

The actress was left turned-off by one of the shows she had to watch, Naked Attraction.

“Without question, the worst thing we watch is Naked Attraction,” Maureen said.

“It’s a long time since I’ve seen five uncircumcised penises all in a row. And I hope it’s a long time before I see them again. With the willies, I walked out of the room.”

Read the full Maureen Lipman interview in the August issue of Prima, on sale the 3rd of July. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect

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