Sue Johnston loves playing Gloria

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 September 2012
Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston believes joining 'Coronation Street' will make her less popular because her new character is not as nice as the people she usually plays

Sue Johnston thinks playing a bitch in 'Coronation Street' is very different for her.

The 68-year-old TV legend - adored by many for her character Barbara Royle in 'The Royle Family' - says her role as Gloria in the ITV soap is different to the heart-warming characters she is famed for, but she loves her sense of humour.

She said: "I don't think she's cold - she's got a twinkle - but she's selfish. It's a terrific role, she has some cracking one-liners."

It's not the first time the actress - who was awarded an OBE in 2009 for her services to drama and charity - has stepped onto the set of one of the nation's favourite soap.

She was cast as the bookies wife Mrs Chadwick in the soap 1983 and although she's had a successful television career since then, Sue admits the nerves were still there for her return.

She added: "I had a lot of my scenes with Annie Walker and I was very nervous. I grew up watching 'Coronation Street' so it feels a bit surreal."

Sue revealed that it wasn't her feisty on screen character Gloria - the mother of the Rovers Return landlady Stella Price - that sealed the move to Manchester for her, it was her role of a grandparent.

She added: "I'm nearly 69 and my work is important to me, but I also want to keep my family close at this time in my life.

"They're chuffed. I'll be near them - but not too close."

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