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18 June 2017

Anne Nolan ‘in talks’ to join Coronation Street to follow in the footsteps of late soap star sister Bernie

THE Rovers Return could be the new regular for Anne Nolan after it was revealed she is “in talks” to follow in sister Bernie’s footsteps and become a soap star in Coronation Street.

The singer, 66, has revealed she is “waiting for the right role” on the hit ITV show in what is sure to be a poignant career choice, following her actress sibling’s tragic death from breast cancer in 2013.

Anne Nolan, 66, could soon follow in the soap star footsteps of sister Bernie with a role on Coronation Street
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Bernie was a fans favourite on Brookside from 2000 prior to her tragic death from cancer
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Prior to her passing aged 52, The Nolans star had been popular with soap fans, first starring in Channel 4’s Brookside as Diane Murray in 2000, before switching to The Bill.

It seems her elder sister Anne caught the acting bug and is now poised to make her mark on tea-time television.

A source told The Mirror: “Anne and her whole family are massive Corrie fans and she was really excited to be invited to the soap on the back of her acting videos.

Elder sister Anne has been for a read-through at the Manchester-based soap
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The I’m In The Mood For Dancing singer could well be the Street’s next iconic landlady Bet Lynch
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“She’s waiting to be called back when the right role and storyline come along for her. The dream would be a long term role but she’d be delighted with a short stint too.”


Anne would be following in Bernie’s career footsteps
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Anne, who herself battled cancer in 2000, told the publication: “If a suitable role came up, I would jump at the opportunity. Who wouldn’t? To be part of such an iconic production would be fabulous.”

Brunette Nolan sibling Anne is no stranger to the world of TV after having starred in Big Brother.

She now works as a TV producer, and has been the face behind Irish TV shows Mission Beach and Operation Transformation, as well as presenting the Great Irish Bake Off.

Yet it now appears life in Wetherfield has taken her fancy.

Anne is no stranger to a TV career after producing a number of shows in Ireland as well as fronting the Great Irish Bake Off
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Linda Nolan speaks Bernie's death and going back on stage

A spokesman for the soap said: “As regularly happens when casting a serial drama like Coronation Street, actors come in for readings with no specific character in mind. Anne Nolan has been in to read for us but wasn’t seen for a particular role.”


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