Coronation Street’s Maureen Lipman, 74, returns to filming for the first time since revealing her partner Guido Castro’s death after testing positive for Covid
Maureen Lipman returned to work on the Coronation Street set on Thursday for the first time since the death of her partner of 13 years, Guido Castro.
The actress, 74 – who plays Evelyn Plummer on the soap – revealed in January that her businessman husband – who was in a respite home and had a form of Parkinson’s disease – had died at the age of 84 after testing positive for COVID-19.
Stepping out this week, Maureen opted for a navy raincoat and black trousers, teaming her outfit with a chic bowler hat.
Back: Maureen Lipman, 74, returned to work on the Coronation Street set on Thursday for the first time since the death of her partner of 13 years, Guido Castro
The actress kept comfy in white lace-up shoes and made sure to wear a face mask in keeping with pandemic protocol.
Pulling her mask down, Maureen smiled for photographers as she strolled through Manchester.
The screen star kept her belongings safe in a rucksack and wore a lanyard around her neck, and kept her hands warm beneath a pair of white gloves.
Speaking in January about her partner’s death, Maureen confirmed: ‘He got Covid – it wasn’t Covid that killed him but it weakened him terribly.
Stylish: Stepping out this week, Maureen cut a stylish figure in a navy raincoat and black trousers, teaming her outfit with a chic bowler hat
‘We don’t know how he got it or when or if he had it when he got the vaccine.’
Maureen heartbreakingly added: ‘I said to Guido, ”It’s time to go. You’ve got to let go”.
‘And I think for once in his life he actually did what I told him.’
On Coronation Street, Maurine plays Tyrone Dobbs’ long-lost grandmother Evelyn.
It’s her second stint on the show, having appeared as Lillian Spencer, the snooty caretaker manager of the Rovers, for six episodes in 2002.
Tragic: Maureen revealed in January that Guido (pictured in 2014), 84, who was in a respite home and had a form of Parkinson’s disease, had died
Maureen was made a Dame in October in the belated Queen’s birthday honours list in recognition of a stage and screen career stretching back more than 50 years.
After training at LAMDA, her work was mostly in the theatre and the actress was a member of the RSC and Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company in the 70s.
She later came to prominence on television playing an agony aunt whose own personal life was a shambles in the sitcom Agony in the late 70s, and then as Jewish grandmother Beattie in a string of famous BT adverts.
On the big screen she has had supporting roles in Educating Rita with Michael Caine and Julie Walters, and Roman Polanski’s 2002 Oscar winner The Pianist.
Iconic role: Maureen is best known for playing Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street (pictured) and has now returned to set