The soap star – who is making a comeback as the mother from hell in a special spin-off DVD Coronation Street: Out Of Africa – revealed that while viewers love her alter-ego, she can’t stand her.
Wendi, 40, told the Daily Star: “If they’ve ever shown a clip of Cilla on the telly, I’ve had to go out the room. I’d say, ‘I can’t stand her, she’s horrible – please take her away!’
“I’ve not missed her at all. I’ve even had my hair cut so I look less like her.”
Wendi added: “I loved being in Coronation Street, but four years was a long time and Cilla is such an in-your-face character. I wanted to try other things.
“As much as I love Cilla, I want to move on. It would be great to play someone a bit more serene. Someone as far away from Cilla as possible really!”
The new one-hour DVD – out on November 10 – sees Cilla invite her children Fiz (Jenni McAlpine) and Chesney (Sam Aston) out to South Africa’s Sun City as she has entered a cash prize competition for having the perfect family.