Cole is perhaps best known for her leading role in Tenko
, about a Japanese PoW camp, and more recently in the TV sitcom Waiting for God
, which ran from 1990 to 1994. Tenko
was broadcast between 1981 and 1985.
Cole, 69, says she’s “absolutely thrilled” to be joining ITV’s Coronation Street
, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last week with a spectacular tram crash
. Later in the week, on the exact day of the anniversary, an hour-long episode was performed live, as TV dramas used to be before film and video recording became the norm.
Cole is quoted as saying: “When I worked at Granada Television [which made the soap as part of the ITV network] a lot in the 1980s I used to play bridge with Doris Speed [pub landlady Annie Walker in the soap].
“I remember thinking, ‘Maybe one day they will offer me a role on Coronation Street
.’ Well, that day has finally come and I am thrilled.”
She said it would a “privilege” to join the Street’s Cropper family as Roy’s feisty mother.
“Her on-screen son Roy, played by David Nielsen, first appeared on Coronation Street in 1995, going to become owner of local café Roy’s Rolls,” says the BBC