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Coronation Street's Maureen Lipman reveals return for THIS Weatherfield favorite

Maureen Lipman on the red carpet for the Pride Of Britain awards
Maureen Lipman has hinted at an exciting Coronation Street return. (Image credit: Getty)

Coronation Street favourite Dame Maureen Lipman, who is better known by soap fans as sharp-tongued Evelyn Plummer has revealed that her good friend Rula Lenska could be returning to the cobbles later this year. 

The actor, who become a firm favourite with Coronation Street fans as Tyrone's quick-witted grandmother, struck up a friendship with Rula while she was also in the soap playing Ken Barlow's other half, Claudia Colby. 

Rula Lenska as Claudia Colby in Coronation Street

Claudia Colby was last seen in Coronation Street in 2020. (Image credit: ITV)

Claudia was last seen on the soap when she returned to bid Weatherfield legend Norris Cole farewell in 2020 and now lives in the retirement village, Stillwaters, after staying there when Ken decided to move back to his beloved home on the cobbles.

But it seems we could be seeing Rula back in her role as Claudia in the not too distant future after she appeared on Lorraine with best friend Maureen to talk about their latest show, DNA Journey, which airs on ITV at 9pm tonight.

Maureen Lipman and Rula Lenska on ITV morning show, Lorraine

Maureen and Rula appeared on Lorraine to talk about their new show, DNA Journey.  (Image credit: ITV)

Talking about Coronation Street to Lorraine host Christine Lampard, Rula said: "I would love to go back, I had a wonderful time. Not only because of being with Mo, but it was like a huge family. 

"Unfortunately the storylines I hoped would develop, i.e. between Mo and myself, didn’t happen or haven’t happened yet, but yes, I would love to go back."

Maureen and Rula might not have had many scenes together, but that could all be set to change if the pair have their way. Maureen let slip that we might be seeing Rula back in Coronation Street sooner rather than later... "There is a chance in the summer that you might be back?" 

"There is," Rula confirmed. "For a few episodes."

"If she’s good, they might let her back," Maureen joked.

TV tonight Rula and Maureen have a connection

Rula and Maureen discover they have a connection in DNA Journey tonight.  (Image credit: ITV)

You can watch Rula and Maureen in DNA Journey tonight, Tuesday, April 12 at 9pm on ITV. 

Coronation Street now airs hour-long episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 pm on ITV — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on ITV Hub.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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 whattowatch.com 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.