Star of the long-running ITV serial Coronation Street Jane Hazlegrove has spoken out about her uncredited earlier performance.
Hazlegrove is currently recognized for her portrayal of Bernie Winters in the serial opera, a part she started in 2019 and has continued to perform ever since. She is, in fact, a recurring character on Coronation Street.
Hazlegrove initially appeared on the soap opera in 1985 as Sue Clayton. Before leaving to explore other opportunities, she played the lead character for 27 episodes. Hazlegrove discussed that long-forgotten position in a recent interview with Inside Soap.
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Considering that there were only two episodes each week back then, Hazlegrove, who previously played Kathleen “Dixie” Dixon in Casualty, returned to Coronation Street.
“I was a bit nervous since I was in the green room with some of the legends, like Bill Tarmey [Jack Duckworth], Barbara Knox [Rita], and Thelma Barlow [Mavis Riley]. But to me, they were just stunning.
Bernie, the latest iteration of Hazlegrove’s character, has had a difficult year dealing with the fatal prognosis of her son Paul. Hazlegrove discussed the suffering she was going through in real life while filming those sequences earlier this year.
Ram John Holder, who played Desmond, has been cast as Ed Bailey’s father on Coronation Street.
“I just lost my father, so I am familiar with this type of sadness. It’s been quite emotional. I was devastated by the news that Peter Ash [Paul] would be leaving since I admire him. My Corrie family is a close-knit group, said Hazlegrove.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 p.m., ITV1 and ITVX both broadcast Coronation Street.