Royle Family star Sue Johnston could be set to join the cast of Coronation Street – behind the Rovers Return bar.
The actress, who famously plays Jim Royle’s wife in BBC comedy The Royle Family, has been approached to take on the role of landlady Stella’s mother.
Johnston, 68, had a small role in Corrie in the early 1980s before she went on to play Sheila Grant for eight years in Channel 4 soap Brookside.
She has been a firm favourite as Barbara, wife of Ricky Tomlinson’s slob character Jim, in the hit comedy The Royle Family, written by Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne.
Coronation Street bosses are in talks with Johnston about the role. Stella is played by another actress from a rival soap, Michelle Collins, known for many years as Cindy in EastEnders. A source said Johnston would make the “perfect Corrie matriarch”.
A spokeswoman for the ITV1 soap was keeping tight-lipped about whether Johnston would land the role. She said: “We are currently looking to cast the role of Stella’s mum. We would never comment on who we may or may not be interested in for any role in Coronation Street.”