Coronation Street's Dame Maureen Lipman responds to Evelyn and Roy romance theories

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Coronation Street star Dame Maureen Lipman has responded to the theories that Evelyn Plummer and Roy Cropper could begin a romantic relationship.

In scenes that air next week, Evelyn will be left devastated by the death of her dog, Cerberus, subsequently lambasting Roy after he dropped an Eccles cake onto the floor.

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Several fans have wondered if the pair will ever become more intimate, but the actress shut down these rumours, reiterating her belief that the duo are just friends.

“I don’t think Evelyn has the hots for Roy, or him for her. It's lukewarm at best and I don’t think she’s going to get her vest off,” she began. “But there are many forms of love – they’re lonely people. She had the chance for romance with Arthur and sort of blew it. I think the stable door is shut and the horse has bolted.

“She does want to spend time with him [as] Roy understands about grieving. He gets where she’s coming from – [it] doesn’t take much to bring her round because she knows where her bread’s best buttered.”

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The pair have appeared on-screen together for the last five years, and Maureen paid tribute to her co-star David Neilson for bringing the relationship to life.

“David Neilson is an actor after my own heart. He’s extremely detailed and full of subtext and I like working with him, so that’s Maureen’s point of view,” she said.

“Evelyn [likes him] because he’s slightly more erudite than anyone else in the street and she fancies herself as someone who does Sudoku. He doesn’t answer her back, [they are] the same sort of age and helped her when Cerberus went missing – she enjoys his company.”

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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