Corrie legend Jean Alexander not interested in soap's storylines

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 May 2014
Jean Alexander

Jean Alexander

Jean Alexander - who played played cleaner Hilda Ogden for 23 years - has revealed she's lost interest in 'Coronation Street' because of the amount of storylines that focus on romance and sex

Jean Alexander has stopped watching 'Coronation Street' because she thinks there are too many storylines focused on sex.

The 'Corrie' legend played cleaner Hilda Ogden on the ITV soap for 23 years before quitting in 1987, but she's admitted she no longer watches the show because she's not interested in the character's romantic conquests.

Jean told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The only stories they seem to have in mind is who is jumping into whose bed next. I lost interest."

The 88-year-old actress also confessed the idea of watching recent storylines such as Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) cheating on his wife Carla Barlow (Alison King) with Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) or Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) locking lips with Marcus Dent (Charlie Condue) would be enough to make her old character Hilda's hair curl without her famous curlers.

The Liverpool-born star hasn't acted since she left 'Last of the Summer Wine' in 2010 and claims she would never consider returning to the cobbled streets of Weatherfield because she's glad she has time to relax now.

She said: "I can do whatever I want to do now, which has been my ideal ever since I was at school. That suits me now."

Jean is proud, however, of how well-loved her character was, and still is, among fans of the soap.

She added: "I loved playing Hilda. I never envisaged how iconic she would become, but to be able to make her someone so many people recognised was an honour."

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