Coronation Street legend signs new big-money deal to keep them on the Cobbles after reality show success | The Sun

CORONATION Street legend Sue Cleaver has signed a new big-money deal to keep her on the Cobbles.

The Eileen Grimshaw actess has been on the soap for 23 years and took a short break to star in the latest series of I'm A Celebrity.

It comes after Corrie retained three more of its major stars by offering bumper deals to stary for another year on the ITV soap.

A source told The Sun: "Sue didn't hesitate to sign onto the show again – she loves playing Eileen and the cast and crew are like family to her.

"Bosses were so pleased – she's a soap legend and they're really happy she returned to the cobbles after I'm A Celebrity.

"The show wouldn't be the same without her."


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ITV has been approached for comment.

It's been an eventful few months for her character – with no doubt there will plenty more drama in store this year.

Eileen remained on screen when Sue was away camping in the I'm A Celeb jungle as Corrie films scenes around six to eight weeks in advance of broadcast.

But Weatherfield has now caught up with Sue's jungle break and her exit story was revealed at Christmas.

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After Eileen's other half George Shuttleworth "treated" her to a bespoke funeral package for Christmas last year, the pressure was on for him to impress her this time and he vowed to buy her a new sofa.

However, it backfired when he was tricked into buying a miniture sofa for a dollhouse.

He tried to cover up his error by giving her a make-shift sofa out of the coffin he had bought her the year before, covered in an old bedspread.

As Mary Taylor praised the coffin's craftmanship, Eileen ranted: "The craftmanship is neither here nor there. How many people eat Christmas dinner out of their own coffin?"

Addressing George, she added: "What have you got planned for later? Walking off Christmas dinner with a stroll through the cemetery to pick my plot?

"I am not spending Christmas contemplating my own mortality."

Eileen later jumped for joy when her son Jason sent her an e-ticket inviting her to visit him in Thailand and she left on Boxing Day.

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