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Coronation Street fans stunned to spot THIS very familiar face on the cobbles last night

Coronation Street newcomer Bernie is no stranger to soap fans...

There's always huge excitement when a new character joins Coronation Street, but last night (24th July) saw newcomer Bernie cause something of a stir amongst soap fans who have seen her somewhere before.

Gemma Winter's mum Bernie, played by actress Jane Hazlegrove, arrived on the cobbles with a bang last night as she turned up to 'borrow' her daughter's fundraising cash that locals had donated for Gemma's unborn quads.

Gemma and Chesney get closer in Coronation Street

Bernie causes chaos when she arrived in Coronation Street last night... (Picture: ITV)

But while Bernie wasted no time in rubbing daddy-to-be Chesney up the wrong way, eagle-eyed viewers realised that they had seen actress Jane on the cobbles before...

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But not only has Jane appeared on Coronation Street before when she played Sue Clayton back in 1985, she has also appeared in The Bill, Silent Witness and Doctors.

However, people are most likely to remember the actress from Casualty, where she played Kathleen 'Dixie' Dixon for 10 years.

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The character Dixie became a firm favourite with fans during the decade she was on screen, with everyone remembering her for her iconic cropped blonde hair.

The Casualty character Dixie has even made an appearance in Holby City!

Coronation Street Gemma Winter mum Bernie

Jane Hazlegrove as Coronation Street's Bernie Winter (Picture: ITV)

But Jane's Coronation Street character Bernie is a far cry from her Casualty role, and last night fans were loving her grand entrance.

MORE: Casualty star Cathy Shipton: 'Connie throws Duffy under the bus!'

Not only did she manage to get on the wrong side of Chesney by asking for money intended for her future grandchildren, but she also had viewers in stitches as she stayed the night at Chesney's and offered for him to share her bed.

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As an unsuspecting Chesney settled down on the sofa, having given up his bed for Gemma's mum as a goodwill gesture, he was horrified when she turned up to say goodnight wearing nothing but a towel.

Bernie then suggestively asked Chesney if he would like to share her bed rather than sleeping downstairs, and fans were loving her brazenness!

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And there's plenty more to come from Bernie... because by Friday's episodes Chesney is set to find her stark naked in his kitchen!

Chesney complains to Paul about his mum's not-so-subtle flirting, but meanwhile Bernie reports back to Gemma, claiming that Chesney came on to her and not the other way round.

Get ready for drama!

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.