Maureen Lipman speaks of late partner Guido in Offies speech
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Coronation Street actress Maureen Lipman is perhaps one of the soaps most loved stars, playing the heartwarming Evelyn Plummer. Now, the star has reflected on a meeting with Her Majesty The Queen earlier this year.
She was interested in the dog and wanted to know if he could act.
Dame Maureen Lipman
The Queen, 95, took part in engagements around the country over the summer to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne and becoming the nations longest-reigning monarch.
As part of her Jubilee tour, The Queen visited the set of Coronation Street, based in MediaCity, Salford, meeting the cast of the hit ITV soap.
During her visit, the monarch praised actors who continued to work throughout the pandemic as the soap celebrated its Diamond Jubilee last year.
The Queen noted that it was “marvellous” to hear that the soap had been able “to carry on” throughout the turbulent year before meeting several members of the cast.
Actress Maureen Lipman, 75, had mastered a plan before the monarch’s visit that would have included a trip to the famous Rovers Return.
The Kingston upon Hull-born actress had been awarded a Damehood in the 2020 Birthday Honours and revealed she had hoped she would be presented with the accolade in the Rovers.
“I thought it would be a fabulous shot,” she told The Sun.
However, while noting that the honours system has a “backlog” due to Covid, Maureen revealed that she wore a special pair of shoes to meet Her Majesty.
She explained: “I haven’t got it yet, however, I wore the shoes I intended to wear to receive my damehood in.
“I bought some Balenciaga shoes, which are pointed and have a heel, I haven’t worn heels for two years.”
Maureen’s character, Evelyn, is famous for her greyhound dog Cerberus that often appears alongside her while walking down the cobbles.
Her Majesty, known for her love of animals including dogs was keen to discuss Evelyn’s canine friend according to the actress.
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“She was interested in the dog and wanted to know if he could act,” she revealed.
The actress went on to add: “I told her that [my late husband] Jack had written episode 13 and that when she left, we were going to change our clothes and do episode 10,408.”
Maureen’s husband Jack, who died in 2004 had written almost 130 episodes of Coronation Street during its early days on ITV.
Jack died aged 72 in 2004, with the cause of death being ruled as multiple myeloma, a form of cancer.
Last month, Maureen reflected on Jack’s death as she revealed she embodied The Queen to help her deal with the grief.
She told The People: “I have had a wonderful life, I have had my losses, of course.
“I lost my husband far too young to myeloma.”
Maureen went on to discuss her partner, Guido Gastro: “I lost my partner in January and what gets me through is what gets the Queen through, work.
“I don’t know what to do if I am not working, I don’t know what to be if I am not working.”
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