Jessie Wallace is a massive fan of Coronation Street legend Pat Phoenix – because she reminds her of her grandmother.

The EastEnders actress plays the sexy 60s soap star, who was famous for playing Elsie Tanner, in a BBC Four drama about the birth of the Weatherfield soap.

Jessie said: “I’ve always loved Pat Phoenix. She reminds me of my nan. I used to tell my nan she looked like Elsie Tanner and here I am playing her.”

She went on: “My nan was very glamorous, but she was a tough lady as well. I used to sit there watching Corrie with her and she always had lipstick on.”

Jessie described Pat as “glamorous and gorgeous” and compared her to Sofia Loren.

“She was a real woman, I think. She didn’t mince her words,” she added.

The Road To Coronation Street airs at 9pm on September 16 on BBC Four.

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