Wendi Peters 'hated' her Coronation Street character

Wendi Peters

Wendi Peters as Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street

Wendi Peters has admitted that she "hated" her 'Coronation Street' character Cilla Battersby-Brown after watching old episodes of the ITV soap ahead of her return.

Wendi Peters regrets watching old episodes of 'Coronation Street' ahead of her return to the soap opera.

The 46-year-old actress is reprising her role as Cilla Battersby-Brown and couldn't believe how much she "hated" her alter ego when she looked back on her earlier stint in Weatherfield.

She said: "I did watch and I shouldn't have done. I sat down with my husband and watched Cilla's last week of episodes before she left in 2007 and I hated her.

"Afterwards I said, 'What am I doing? Why am I going back?' "

And Wendi admits she was stunned to be asked to return because she had moved on so far from the soap but is finding her brief comeback "lovely".

She told Closer magazine: "It was a bit of a shock really. I'd put Cilla to bed, I'd moved on, done lots of theatre, TV and had a bit more time with the family.

"I hadn't considered a return but it's lovely just for a short time to find out where Cilla's been and what she's been up to."

Though she hated seeing Cilla again, Wendi admits she can see herself in her character.

She said: "I think there always has to be a bit of you in every character you play. I'm very impatient and a bit of a control freak.

"I'd like to think I'm a much, much nicer version of Cilla but who knows."


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