Catherine Tyldesley 'sad' about Timothy West's Corrie exit
Catherine Tyldesley was "really sad" when Timothy West's 'Coronation Street' character Eric Babbage dropped dead in the Rovers Return pub, and she "misses" working alongside the 78-year-old actor
Catherine Tyldesley was "really sad" when Timothy West's 'Coronation Street' character was killed off.
The 29-year-old actress - who plays feisty factory worker Eva Price in the ITV soap - was devastated when the 78-year-old actor's alter-ego Eric Babbage, who was engaged to Eva's grandmother Gloria (Sue Johnston), suddenly dropped dead in the Rovers Return pub, and she "misses" working with him.
When asked whether she was disappointed about not being able to star alongside Timothy for longer, she replied: "Really sad! The day after Timothy left, myself and Sue were both saying that we missed him. He hadn't been on set for very long, but he just fitted in so well.
"I absolutely loved it! He was such a gent and a lovely, lovely guy. What an honour to work with such an amazing actor - you only have to look at his CV to see how much he's done. It's the same with Sue Johnston. You watch these actors and you learn so much from them, as they're so brilliant. I feel like I learn so much from Sue every day."
Despite being engaged to Gloria, Eric took a shine to Eva and invited her to go away with him, and while Catherine was "quite surprised" when was she was first told about the storyline, she was relieved the pair didn't get romantically involved.
Speaking to Digital Spy, she added: "Pre-Weatherfield, Eva had always gone for older guys - not quite this old, but she does have a history of it! I was still quite surprised, though, because the age gap between Eva and Eric is so big. There's also the fact that Eric is her gran's fiancé!
"But when I read the scripts, I saw that it never actually goes to a romantic level between Eva and Eric - they are purely just friends. Eric takes a real shine to Eva and invites her to go away with him, but in the end she doesn't accept, which I was really pleased about."