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Friday 25 July 2014

Recognise a familiar face in the Rover's Return? Cilla Black debuts her acting career at 70

Denise Calnan

Published 17/10/2013|13:11

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Corrie’s Rita Sullivan and Norris Cole are the two Weatherfield locals in the cobbled street’s haunt when Cilla paid a visit last night, but neither of them realised who she was. (Photo: ITV)
Cilla debuted her acting career on 'Corrie' last night. (Photo:ITV)

It might seem that Cilla Black had checked off everything on her bucket list after 50 years in show-business, but the 70-year-old still had one TV visit left to make.

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Coronation Street’s Rovers Return was the northern lady’s place of choice to debut her acting career at the age of 70.

Cilla had her chance to say a few lines in soap’s famous pub after her friend TV presenter Paul O’Grady organised a cameo appearance as part of her tribute ITV show, ‘The One And Only Cilla Black’. 

Corrie’s Rita Sullivan and Norris Cole were the two lucky Weatherfield locals in the cobbled street’s haunt when Cilla paid a visit last night, but neither of them realised who she was.

"I walk in the pub and no-one realises it's me!" Cilla said after her cameo.

For years, Cilla wanted to make an appearance in the Rovers, but didn’t want to sign the long-term contracts the bosses were looking for.

"They have asked me to join the show,” Cilla said of the soap in 2010.

“It's not their first approach, they have asked me several times.

“I love Corrie, but I keep saying no. I couldn't cope with all the hours they do, they work them like dogs. It's really hard work.

"It would be nice to do a cameo, but even Ian McKellen worked long hours when he did it for a while.

“If the role was right, I would do a one-off thing,” Cilla added.

Despite her Corrie cameo, the fame still hasn't reached Cilla's head.

"National Treasure?!" she scoffed on her show, "I should be buried!"

Cilla began her career as the UK's biggest female singer of the 1960s, but could be most famous for her part as the host of iconic dating show 'Blind Date'.

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