Maureen Lipman has revealed that she felt ‘a little bit unsafe’ while filming her scenes for Coronation Street during the pandemic.
The actress, 74, explained that although she was previously concerned because cast ‘weren’t being tested’, her mind is now at ease and she’s ‘looking forward to going back’ to work after taking a ‘sabbatical’ from the soap.
While appearing on Wednesday’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, Maureen also announced that she’s now had her Covid-19 vaccine and encouraged others to get theirs.
Candid: Maureen Lipman has revealed that she felt ‘a little bit unsafe’ while filming her scenes for Coronation Street during the pandemic (pictured in October 2019)
Maureen discussed what it was like filming on the set of Coronation Street under tight coronavirus restrictions during her appearance on the Channel 4 show.
She told Steph: ‘We do our own make up, we do our own hair and we dress ourselves. I’m used to that in the theatre so it’s not really a problem.’
She then expressed her fears during filming, saying: ‘I did feel a little bit unsafe towards the end, to be honest, because we weren’t being tested.
‘But it’s all changed now so looking forward to going back.’
She continued: ‘It’s such a nice job. They’re really sweet, the people there. They think I’m some kind of crazy old woman.’
Soap star: Maureen returned to the Cobbles in 2018 as Evelyn Plummer, the long-lost grandmother of Tyrone Dobbs, following a six-week stint on the soap in 2002
Maureen also announced that she’s just been vaccinated for Covid-19, saying: ‘I had my jab yesterday. It was so efficient and so quick, and I didn’t feel a thing.
‘I really advise everybody to get down there and get it done, because we have to get back to some kind of a life.’
The news comes amid the Dame’s ‘sabbatical’ from the soap, where she plays Evelyn Plummer.
Maureen explained that she had been ‘taking a bit of a sabbatical’ until she receives a coronavirus vaccination.
Speaking about lockdown and how her work has been affected, Maureen told the Outspoken Beauty podcast: ‘Well it has been a time that I can’t personally complain about except on behalf of the people who have not been as fortunate.
‘I continued in Coronation Street after the first initial lockdown. I went back. I am still officially working on it except that I am taking a bit of sabbatical until I get my vaccination at the moment.’
Maureen added that she’s been working on some projects still, saying: ‘They kindly allowed me to be engulfed by Gyles Brandreth on the Gogglebox series.
‘I had no idea what it was until I got into it. I thought I would be some sort of pundit. I have always admired that genre but it was basically looking at willies.’
The soap star continued that she’s also been keeping busy by going for walks in Hyde Park with fellow actress Rula Lenska and calling her family on Zoom.
She said: ‘My lockdown has not been too much of a problem. If I lived in a flat with kids and no outside I think I would go mad.
‘I have done a lot of Zooms but I still feel I am not doing anything, I am not doing anything to help.’
Last May, Maureen revealed that she suspected she might have been suffering with ‘a mild form’ of COVID-19 while filming on Coronation Street.
At the end of March ITV halted production on the cobbles due to the ongoing pandemic.
Speaking to The Lady magazine, Maureen said: ‘I believe myself to have had a mild form of coronavirus masquerading as a fortnight’s persistent cough, with attached fatigue and sweats.
Oh dear: It comes after the actress said that she suspects she might have been suffering with ‘a mild form’ of COVID-19 while filming was still underway last year (pictured with Tyrone and Fiz)
‘If I did have it, then I flung my viral breath cheerfully around the Coronation Street corner shop at anyone who popped in for a bag of crisps and a confrontation.’
Maureen returned to the Cobbles in 2018 as Evelyn Plummer, the long-lost grandmother of Tyrone Dobbs, following a six-week stint on the soap in 2002.
Speaking with Prima magazine, maureen said going back was a bit like the first day back at school, while she credited her career success to her confidence.
She revealed: ‘On my first day back, I was incredibly nervous. I learned my lines until I knew them by heart, but I didn’t know how the rest of the cast would react to me.
‘There’s always that feeling when you join something new that the regulars will be slightly cheesed off that you’ve come.’
Meanwhile, Maureen – who lost husband of 30 years Jack Rosenthal to cancer in 2004 – is in a relationship with Guido Castro, whom she met 13 years ago.
However she has insisted she doesn’t see the point in getting married again – or even living together as a couple.
Couple: Maureen – who lost husband of 30 years Jack Rosenthal to cancer in 2004 – is in a relationship with Guido Castro, whom she met 13 years ago (pictured together in 2014)