Catherine Tyldesley joins cast of Coronation Street

Former 'Emmerdale' star Catherine Tyldesley is set to join the cast of 'Coronation Street' as Leanne Barlow's long lost half-sister

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Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins will portray Catherine's on-screen mum

Catherine Tyldesley is set to join the cast of 'Coronation Street' as Leanne Barlow's long lost half-sister.

The former 'Emmerdale' star - who played prison warder Abi Peterson in the Yorkshire based soap - will arrive in the Street next month alongside feisty new Rovers Return landlady Stella (Michelle Collins) to surprise Leanne (Jane Danson).

Catherine - who will play Eva Peters - said: "I can't wait to get stuck in."

However, this isn't the first time Catherine has appeared in the ITV1 soap, as she played a midwife in 2005 when Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati) gave birth to twins.

Alongside Michelle and Catherine, 'Taggart' star John Michie will also be joining 'Coronation Street' to play Stella's husband Karl, with the family set to give current Rovers boss Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) more than he bargained for as soon as they set foot on the cobbles.

Executive producers Kieran Roberts recently explained: "Karl and Stella's fiery marriage is sure to keep viewers hooked through 2011 and beyond.

"Michelle's acting credentials are first class with more than a decade leading some brilliant and memorable drama series. I am certain she is going to be fantastic as the warm, funny, steely, flawed and larger-than-life northern matriarch Stella."

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