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Sunday 13 November 2016

ITV confirm Eileen Derbyshire has NOT left Coronation Street

There's a story in today's Sun that's done the rounds on social media and other tabloids too, saying that Eileen Derbyshire won't be returning to Coronation Street as Emily Bishop.

ITV have issued a statement to us today and confirmed the following:

"Eileen is currently on an extended break and we have had no indication from her that she does not plan to return in the future."

Let's hope Spider's looking after his aunty Em in Peru.

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Louby said...

I hope she is well. I'd love to see her return, she was an important part of the street even if we didn't see her very often.

Tvor said...

I keep hearing it said that her family has been her priority so I wonder if someone in her family is ill. Wasn't it Bill Tarmey who left corrie so he could spend more time with his son who had a brain tumour?

Anonymous said...

I will be very happy to see Emily's return. Would be even better if she brought back Spider with her.

Anonymous said...

Don't hold your breath - I very much doubt she will ever be back. She's been off for so long now, she's been able to get used to having her own space and time. It would be very hard, specially at her age, to even think about going back to work.

Although let's be honest, it's not really work, is it? Particularly for the older cast members, they don't seem to get at much to do as everyone else.

abbyk said...

Oh, Anon 18:51, I respectfully disagree. A job, be it full time, part time or even volunteer, gives many people purpose. Its a chance to be with other people your co-workers, who often as not are your friends. And a paycheck always feels good, even if you don't really need it.

I hope she is well and can return, but if she choses not to, that she has found something else satisfying.

Anonymous said...

I guess if the rest of the staff don't expect her to be back I'd doubt we'd be seeing her again. I just loved her character though. Bye Em.

Maricha said...

Thank you for keeping us informed Flaming Nora.
I hope we get to see her again soon.

Anonymous said...

Abbyk, are you forgetting, the woman is 85 years old! And she has seemed particularly frail the last few years. Give the poor old girl a rest, doesn't she deserve it at her time of life?

C in Canada said...

I've got a grandma who just turned 85, she volunteers at the hospital, works with a women's club doing good works, goes to play cards almost every night, still drives (better than most half her age) and in general has a better social life and is busier than I am!
There is no reason to think she's not returning until she tells us so herself.

Antiphon said...

My guess would be that Eileen will not formally quit the show but will simply never return to it. This might be a similar kind of situation as that with Violet Carson in 1980, whom as far as I am aware never formally quit but was sadly unable to return due to poor health prior to her death in 1983. In any case I will be sorry to see Emily go as she has been an important and dependable character since 1961, which was five years before I was born. In retrospect I think that Emily was at her happiest during her all too brief marriage with Ernest between 1972 and 1978, and it is also sad that Stephen Hancock passed away last year. Ernie was definitely the right man for Emily and if Stephen Hancock had been able to stay in the show until his death I am pretty sure that Emily and Ernest would have had a long and happy marriage of over forty years and would have continued to make a valuable contribution to the local community in many ways. I think that Emily never really got over his death, but I hope that she is now finding fulfillment in Peru. I also hope that Eileen Derbyshire has a happy retirement if it turns out that she is definitely not returning.

Derelict Cucumberpatch said...

Of course she's not returning. Why should she? For what? A couple of lines here and there? Not worthy of her effort.

Cobblestone said...

I wonder, if she decides to call it a day, whether she might return to film a leaving story, so the character & viewers have some sort of closure on the longest surviving female character in the show?

Anonymous said...

I thought she had already waved goodbye from the taxi in her last aррearance, hoрe I'm wrong :)

Anonymous said...

I hope that Corrie st don't subject the more mature actors in the cast from the rigors of filming for the entire crew. They always talk about 12 hour days for 5 or 6 days a week. Must get extremely boring in between takes if an actor only has a line or 2 in passing. I don't blame her for not going back. That always seems to be the no 1 complaint when actors do leave the show.


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