Jessie Wallace's Corrie dream
Jessie Wallace says playing Pat Phoenix in one-off drama 'The Road to Coronation Street' is a dream come true
Jessie Wallace always wanted to be in 'Coronation Street'.
The actress is famed for her role as Kat Moon in rival soap 'EastEnders' but is now set to appear on TV screens playing Pat Phoenix - who played Weatherfield legend Elsie Tanner - in one-off drama 'The Road to Coronation Street' and she admits it's a dream come true.
She said of her new role: "My agent called me and asked if I wanted to meet the director Charles Sturridge and play Pat Phoenix. I was up against great actresses in the audition and didn't think I stood a chance. As I went into the lift I noticed a bird had c****d on my shoulder, and I thought, 'That's got to bring me luck.' So it obviously worked!
"I love 'Corrie'. When I came into Granada to film it I thought, 'This must be a first, an EastEnder coming in here.' "
Jessie - who is also returning to Albert Square - says she was always inspired by Pat when she used to watch her on 'Coronation Street'.
She added in an interview with website Holysoap: "I've always loved Pat Phoenix. She reminds me of my nan. I used to tell my nan she looked like Elsie Tanner and here I am playing her.
"My nan was very glamorous, but she was a tough lady as well. I used to sit there watching 'Corrie' with her and she always had lipstick on.
She was glamorous, gorgeous and she should have been a film star, definitely. She was like Sofia Loren."