Actress and singer Jody Prenger said that the role in Coronation Street is a “very special moment” in her life.
The star of the classic theater Prenger, 43, will join the cast of the ITV soap opera to play Glenda, the sister of the undertaker Corey George Shuttleworth, played by Tony Maudsley.
Filming began on the cobblestones, ITV said, and Glenda should arrive on the soap opera at the beginning of August, only after she “kept on the cruise”.
Blackpool-born Prenger, who rose to fame after winning the BBC talent on the show I’d Do Anithing in 2008, said: “I know I sound like a jerk, but it’s on my list to be in Coronation Street since I was little .
“I am honored, it is a really special moment in my life. To be a part of something that my family and I have loved for so long.
“And what a character, oh, I must say, a total dream part. I can’t wait for you all to meet the fun and cheeky Glenda, sister of George Shuttleworth.
“I already love Tony Maudsley, what a guy.
“Your first day on the cobblestones is one of the most nervous experiences you will go through, and everyone was so magnificently lovely, kind and hospitable.
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“It was, and it is, everything I expected, and more.”
Prenger played Nancy in reviving Oliver! in the West End, as if she had previously played Miss Hannigen in the musical Annie, and also appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors at London’s Haimarket Theater.
She also previously worked on a cruise ship as an entertainer, and in 2010 she got the role of the Lady of the Lake in the hit musical Spamalot.
According to ITV, Glenda’s arrival will enable her to quickly find her legs, as well as the job behind the Rovers bar.
The producer of the series, Iain MacLeod, said: “Glenda sails fresh from cruise ships with a touch of exoticism, quickly gaining best friends and enemies alike.
“The character is very funny and has echoes of old women from the coronation street.
“Jody is an incredible talent and we are all very excited to be on board. She felt very Cory from the moment she stepped on stage and I think the audience will love her. “