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Emmerdale Christmas cameo for ex-Corrie star Liz Dawn

Published 11/11/2015

Liz Dawn with the late Bill Tarmey as Vera and Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street (Granada TV/PA)
Liz Dawn with the late Bill Tarmey as Vera and Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street (Granada TV/PA)

Former Coronation Street star Liz Dawn is hopping across the Pennines for a cameo role in Emmerdale this Christmas.

The veteran actress remains best known for her 34-year role as Vera Duckworth in Corrie.

She said: "There's only one show I'd come out of retirement for and it's Emmerdale, particularly as I've celebrated my 76th birthday this week so I wanted to mark the occasion."

Dawn will appear in the hour-long Christmas Day episode of ITV's Yorkshire rural soap as Mrs Winterbottom.

The pensioner is described as " a decidedly demanding guest" staying at the B&B of Eric Pollard (played by Chris Chittell).

Talking about the role, Dawn said: "I love my character. What a feisty lady she is! Giving them all a run for their money in the B&B on Christmas Day. She's so rude to them, which isn't like me at all."

She added: "The cast and production team at Emmerdale have been so lovely and really looked after me and I was particularly pleased to be directed by Tony Prescott.

"I've worked with him over many years at Corrie and he's a lovely man, really good at what he does and very creative. I'll be looking forward to seeing my scene on Christmas Day and introducing you all to Mrs Winterbottom."

A fan favourite, Dawn played Coronation Street's battleaxe for more than 30 years.

She first appeared in 1974 before her character moved into number nine along with husband Jack, played by the late Bill Tarmey.

After being diagnosed with emphysema, Dawn was written out of the soap in 2008 when Vera died in her sleep.

Two years later, she made a moving comeback as the much-loved Corrie resident.

Just before he passed away, Jack saw a vision of the wife who had spent years nagging him and they shared a last dance together.

In 2012, Tarmey died in Spain. At the time, Dawn said: "You couldn't wish to meet a more lovely man and a true gentleman."

Speaking about her health on a celebrity version of the Jeremy Kyle Show in 2014, the actress revealed: "I take a lot of tablets. I just live every day and get on with it."

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