Brookside and West End star Claire Sweeney is joining the cast of Coronation Street as the mother of Tyrone Dobbs.
Tyrone (Alan Halsall) has been told by his grandmother Evelyn Plummer (Dame Maureen Lipman) that her daughter and his biological mother Cassie is dead.
When Cassie turns up on the cobbles out of the blue in June, Evelyn will be faced with a major dilemma as she decides whether or not to come face to face with Tyrone about all of her lies.
Tyrone spent his whole life believing that Jackie Dobbs was his mum, the person who found him at the police station in 1982.
It’ll transpire that Evelyn abandoned Ty at the station because she believed Cassie wasn’t able to look after her son, as she also had a major addiction to drugs.
As secrets and lies from the past arrive in the present, what will this mean for Tyrone and his relationship with Evelyn, and can he build a connection with his real mum?
On joining the cast, Claire said: ‘Even though I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed an amazingly varied career for nearly 40 years – being cast in Coronation Street is, to me, better than being cast in a Hollywood movie!
‘I’ve watched it all my life and can’t quite believe that I’ll now be stepping onto those famous cobbles myself. I was really nervous when I got the scripts to audition as this show means so much to me and my family and this is Corrie gold, I was beyond thrilled and very grateful when I got the call that Iain MacLeod is trusting me to play Tyrone’s Mum and work alongside one of my heroes, Dame Maureen Lipman.
‘Cassie is a character who is definitely going to make an impact – I just hope the audience will enjoy watching her as much as I’m going to be enjoying playing her!’.
Corrie boss Iain MacLeod added: ‘Claire bowled us over in her audition and the scenes with her, Tyrone and Evelyn will be electric.
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‘Her arrival will mark the start of a tumultuous time for Tyrone and the family and her impact will be felt across the street in the weeks and months that follow’.
Claire starts filming next week and her first appearance will be on June 28th.
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