Coronation Street’s producer Phil Collinson has paid tribute to departing actress Katherine Kelly, commenting that Becky has been the one of the soap’s biggest characters in the “last 20 years”.
Speaking at the Radio Times Covers Party, Collinson said that Kelly is “a brilliant actress and a lovely person. She works so hard and deserves all the success that she’s had”.
Of the months ahead in Weatherfield, Collinson spoke with undisguised enthusiasm about the forthcoming appearance by Hollywood legend Robert Vaughn, who is set to play Milton, a suitor for Sylvia (Stephanie Cole):
“It was amazing. We had him for almost four weeks. I took him for dinner and there was this six degrees of separation thing going on. I’ve now met someone who met Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and he’s brilliant – he just tells you all these stories, he’s not a bit coy. He’s the most famous person I’ve ever met and I just loved it.”
For more on this, plus details about the return of Nigel Havers, Antony Cotton and Craig Charles to Coronation Street, watch the video above.