Why Dame Maureen Lipman is first lady of Hull – The Yorkshire Post says

IT is illustrative of Maureen Lipman’s versatility, as she was presented with her damehood by the Prince of Wales, that the actress continues to be associated with so many of the roles that have made her a household name.

Dame Maureen Lipman after an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Some associate the remarkable 75-year-old with Coronation Street’s snooty landlady Lillian Spencer, or more recently long-lost grandmother Evelyn Plummer, as Dame Maureen makes history by becoming Weatherfield’s first dame.

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Others recall with fondness her portrayal of Beatrice Bellman – Beatie for short – in a series of acclaimed TV commercials for British Telecom and phrases like ‘you get an ology, you’re a scientist’.

Dame Muareen Lipman received her damehood at an investiture presided over by the Prince of Wales.

And then her stage work ranging from performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company to a starring role more recently in J B Priestley’s When We Are Married.

A prominent campaigner against anti-Semitism, Dame Maureen has touched so many lives with her instinctive performances, and good humour, that most people here will always regard their favourite actress as the first lady of Hull in recognition of the city where she was born.

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