Tea and trauma as 'Fr Ted' star joins 'EastEnders'
ACTRESS Pauline McLynn is to join the cast of 'EastEnders', playing Dot Cotton's estranged daughter-in-law.
McLynn, who starred in Channel 4's 'Father Ted', will have "a recurring guest role" as Yvonne Cotton on Albert Square from next month and will be in several storylines featuring Yvonne's fictional son Charlie Cotton.
Charlie joined the cast in 2009 after the death of his father, 'Nasty' Nick Cotton, who caused his devoted mother Dot nothing but heartache during his 24-year run on the series.
McLynn, who also starred in 'Shameless', said: "It is a thrill to join 'EastEnders', my favourite soap, and in particular any chance to be part of a Dot Cotton storyline is not to be passed up – June Brown is a legend and I feel privileged to act with her."
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, executive producer of 'EastEnders', said it was "about time Albert Square had another Irish character".
"I have always been a little in love with Pauline McLynn so I'm so excited that she's joining the Cotton family," he said.
McLynn, who played housekeeper Mrs Doyle in 'Father Ted', will be seen on screen next month.