Catherine Tyldesley reveals grandfather has died after contracting coronavirus

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Catherine Tyldesley attends The British Soap Awards at The Lowry Theatre in 2017 (Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Catherine Tyldesley has revealed that her grandfather has passed away after contracting the coronavirus.

The former Coronation Street actress shared the sad news when she appeared on Good Morning Britain on Friday.

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The 36-year-old had previously said on social media that her grandad was “really poorly” and that he was in hospital and on a ventilator after contracting the illness.

Tyldesley’s parents also battled the virus, and the star revealed earlier this month that her mother had also had to undergo emergency surgery at Salford Royal Hospital, where her grandfather was being treated.

Opening up about facing some tough times in lockdown, she said on the ITV breakfast show: “I think there are so many people going through really difficult times at the moment. 

“For the first few weeks for me, lockdown was a bit of a joy really, to be with my boys and spend time at home.

“And then my mum became poorly, she spent a week in ICU, and then sadly my grandfather passed away.

“I wanted to share with people that I’m posting pictures of baking sourdough and being in the garden with my boys, which is all lovely, but actually I have had a couple of really dark days.”

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Tyldesley is best known for playing Eva Price on Corrie from 2011 to 2018.

The actress has a five-year-old son with her husband Tom Pitfield.