Liz Dawn has come out of retirement to guest star in Emmerdale playing a crotchety guest at the B&B.

Emmerdale fan Liz said: “There’s only one show I’d come out of retirement for and it’s Emmerdale, particularly as I’ve celebrated my 76th birthday this week, so I wanted to mark the occasion. I love my character. What a feisty lady she is! Giving them all a run for their money in the B&B on Christmas Day. She’s so rude to them which isn’t like me at all.”

Liz added: “The cast and production team at Emmerdale have been so lovely and really looked after me and I was particularly pleased to be directed by Tony Prescott. I’ve worked with him over many years at Corrie and he’s a lovely man, really good at what he does and very creative. I’ll be looking forward to seeing my scene on Christmas Day and introducing you all to Mrs Winterbottom.”

Liz played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street for more than 30 years, but retired in 2008 due to ill health caused by lung disease emphysema.