Sunday 21 January 2018

'I touched Dot Cotton's face to make sure she was real' - Father Ted star Pauline McLynn on first day jitters on Eastenders set

Yvonne Cotton (Pauline McLynn, right) talking to Dot Cotton (June Brown)
Yvonne Cotton (Pauline McLynn, right) talking to Dot Cotton (June Brown)
Pauline McLynn as Yvonne Cotton
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

‘Father Ted’ star Pauline McLynn had to touch renowned soapstar Dot Cotton’s face on the set of ‘Eastenders’ just to make sure she was real.

The Sligo woman, who is best known for her role as housekeeper Mrs Doyle at Father Ted’s Craggy Island home, recently stepped onto the ‘Eastenders’ set for the first time for her new role.

McLynn, who will play Dot Cotton’s estranged daughter-in-law, said she could not believe who she was sitting opposite.

“June Brown is this tiny 87-year-old jewel, not a pick on her,” McLynn said.

“I was sitting opposite Dot Cotton in her ‘Eastenders’ home and I was thinking to myself, is she real.

“But I touched her and she was! It’s all very exciting.”

McLynn is set to have a ‘recurring guest role’ as Yvonne Cotton on Albert Square from next month, and will be in several storylines featuring her 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.

Pauline McLynn as Yvonne Cotton

Pauline McLynn as Yvonne Cotton on the set of Eastenders

The 51-year-old said her first time on the famous set was a moment to remember.

“This soap has anything between eight and eleven million viewers, so it’ll be very strange,” she told Ray D’Arcy on Today FM.
Pauline McLynn as Mrs Doyle

Pauline is best known for her role as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted

“It’s the most beautiful set I’ve ever been on. But it’s absolutely freezing. I said, ‘It’s cold out here’ and they said it’s cold on Albert Square even in the summer when the sun is beating down outside.

“It has its own micro climate,” the 51-year-old added.

 McLynn has previously said that June Brown ‘is a legend’ and she feels ‘privileged’ to work with her. 

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