Claire Sweeney teases that 'unruly' Corrie character will bring 'major problems'

The actor is joining the soap in June

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Claire Sweeney attends the European Diversity Awards at Intercontinental Hotel on November 11, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
Claire Sweeney is joining the cast of Coronation Street. (Getty Images)

Claire Sweeney has teased that her "unruly" Coronation Street character is set to make waves on the cobbles.

The Brookside actor, 52, is joining the ITV soap as the mother of Weatherfield mechanic Tyrone Dobbs.

Tyrone (Alan Halsall) had been told by his grandmother Evelyn Plummer (Dame Maureen Lipman) that her daughter and his biological mother Cassie is dead.

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So when Cassie turns up in Weatherfield, Evelyn has to decide whether to come clean.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Sweeney said her character was "completely different" to her.

"I turn up on the cobbles, and I am a bit unruly," she teased. "I've got a few problems... major problems... what will happen?"


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Claire Sweeney will play Tyrone's mum. (ITV)

The actor said she grew up watching Corrie and that landing the role really hit her when she first walked on to the set.

"I have been a fan of Coronation Street since day dot," she said.

"I have been saying it for years. Whenever I get interviewed, they say, 'If you could do any soap what would it be?' and I have always said Coronation Street. So I have been manifesting it for about 15 years!"

Speaking when the casting was announced, Corrie producer Iain MacLeod said: “Claire bowled us over in her audition and the scenes with her, Tyrone and Evelyn will be electric.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Claire Sweeney attends the TV Choice Awards 2022 on November 14, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Claire Sweeney is a big fan of the soap. (WireImage)

"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.”

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Sweeney's first appearance on the soap will be on 28 June.

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