'Coronation Street': Audrey Roberts Star Sue Nicholls 'Knows Sainsbury's Staff Better Than New Cast'

‘Coronation Street’ veteran Sue Nicholls has joked that she knows the staff at her local supermarket better than the newest cast members on the soap.

For more than 30 years, Sue has played Gail Rodwell’s mother, Audrey Roberts, and in that time, she’s seen countless arrivals and departures in Weatherfield.

The recent batch of new additions to the ‘Corrie’ cast clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by Sue, after she commented to the Daily Star: “I seem to know the people at my local Sainsbury’s more than I know half of the new Coronation Street cast. What can I say?”

<strong>Sue made her first appearance as Audrey Roberts in 1979</strong> (Photo: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Sue made her first appearance as Audrey Roberts in 1979 (Photo: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Reminiscing on her early days on the soap, Sue recalled: “Ah, the days of Pat Phoenix. Pat was so easy to work with. And there was Jean Alexander and Betty Driver. It was a lovely time.”

This year has seen big changes behind the scenes at ‘Coronation Street’, after the long-running ITV soap made the jump to six episodes a week.

To accommodate this, ‘Corrie’ has introduced new cast members and a bigger set, the latter of which will allow viewers never-before-seen areas of Weatherfield that have previously been mentioned but not portrayed on screen.

The set was revealed earlier this month, with Sue present at the unveiling, cutting the ribbon on the memorial garden for ‘Corrie’ superfan Martyn Hett and the other victims of the Manchester bombing last year.

As a tribute to one of Martyn’s “Audrey Roberts noise” video, Sue even treated those in attendance - which included his family and friends - to a few bouts of the inquisitive noise that brought her character viral fame online.


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