Police have charged Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox with suspected drink-driving after her arrest last week.

She could face a jail sentence or a hefty fine if found guilty when she appears at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court on April 24.

Barbara, 80, has played Rita Tanner in Coronation Street since 1964. She was held by police in Cheshire following an afternoon out with her daughter Maxine Ashcroft, who was breathalysed after she drove her mother home from their day together.

The police spokesman said: “Police have charged an 80-year-old woman with drink driving following an incident in Knutsford on 10 March 2014.

“The woman turned up at Knutsford Police Station in relation to a separate matter and was arrested.

“Barbara Knox from Knutsford was charged on Friday 4 April 2014 and will appear at Macclesfield Magistrates on 24 April 2014.”

The charge comes after Barbara’s daughter, Maxine Ashcroft, 56, was banned from driving for two years. Maxine, from Lechlade, Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to drink driving at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.