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Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman, who plays Evelyn Plummer in Corrie, has dismissed rumours she spread coronavirus to her castmates, after she became unwell back in March. The small-screen star has now admitted how she was left stunned after she came across reports that had wrongly suggested the claim.
It comes after the 74-year-old actress had explained how she had a slight cough and fatigue earlier this year.
The Coronation Street production team suspended filming on the show back in March following UK Government guidelines.
However, they resumed shooting for the ITV soap in June following an enforced halt in production due to the pandemic.
Maureen has since addressed the rumours and explained that she immediately got on the phone to her agent after being branded a “Covid spreader”.
Reports had emerged that one of their Corrie stars had tested positive for the virus but the identity of the person was not confirmed.
“I was driving up and I saw on my phone, ‘Maureen Lipman is the Covid spreader,’ and I’m like, ‘What!'” the Corrie star exclaimed.
“It was some old story from way back.”
Maureen continued: “I had previously said I had come in [to work] not feeling very well.
“And immediately I rang my agent and said, ‘How can they say it’s me. I’m bl***dy well not [the Covid spreader]’.”
Maureen explained that she later calmed down after coming across the rumour.
She added: “Two minutes later, you realise and you calm down.”
Meanwhile, the ITV favourite has also spoken out about the new social-distancing measures while filming on set.
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The small-screen star said: “Outside is not a problem. Inside we can’t really be in the houses on the set.
“The houses are too small and we’ve got to be two metres apart.”
Maureen continued: “And so there is a cohort on the set with a stick who comes up and says, ‘You can’t be there.’
“So for example, I filmed a scene with Roy Nielson and we’re playing Scrabble but we can’t be at the same table.”
She went on: “We’re using the same Scrabble board and it gets turned around and then the cameras all change.
“Also, we had a fight scene we were miles apart from each other. I was trying to stop two people from fighting.”
Maureen added: “I didn’t need to because one of them was in Salford and the other one was in Oldham. They were miles away. But somehow you won’t see that when you watch it.”
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV at 7.30pm.
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