Julie Goodyear has recalled a moment on the set of Coronation Street which had the cast and crew “in hysterics” but that almost got her sacked from the show. During a new interview, the 79-year-old actress, who played pub landlady Bet Lynch in the ITV soap for over 25 years, said the incident also involved her co-star Roy Barraclough, who played her on-screen husband Alec Gilroy.
Julie said the prank occurred while recording one particular scene, which was filmed in the fictional characters’ bedroom.
It involved a sex toy and a comical pair of pyjamas.
She told Youtube’s Your Manchester that bosses were not impressed with Roy, who died in 2017, and her after their amusing antics.
Ultimately, the scene never saw the light of day.
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Coronation Street’s Julie Goodyear says she nearly got the sack over prank with co-star
Talking about the footage which didn’t make it on air, Julie said she wished viewers could have seen it.
“It was a bed scene,” the actress said, before going into further detail.
“We hadn’t been in the bed for very long – only five seconds.
“All I could hear was [makes a buzzing sound]. And it was a vibrator he’d got under the covers,” she continued.
Julie Goodyear has recalled a moment on the set of Coronation Street which had the crew in hysterics
Julie Goodyear and her co-star Roy Barraclough as Bet Lynch and Alec Gilroy
Julie Goodyear played Bet Lynch in Corrie for over 25 years
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“So I thought right, OK. All the crew were in hysterics, so I pressed me pyjama top and it played The Only Way Is Up. Well that made them worse.
“We were threatened with the sack,” Julie revealed.
The actress joined the cast of Corrie in 1966, but did not become a regular fixture on the programme until four years later.
She played the iconic barmaid turned Rovers Return landlord until her departure in 1995.
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However, the legendary star did briefly return to Weatherfield in 2002 and again the following year.
After her original exit, Julie was made an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the 1996 New Years Honours for services to television drama.
She later went on to star in a number of reality shows including Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes and Come Dine With Me.
Julie was also a housemate on the tenth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2012.
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More recently, the mum-of-one is throwing herself into her charity work.
She was recently named a patron for the Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Julie donated a selection of her own jewellery and that of her famous character in order to raise money for the organisation.
It reportedly raised over £16,000.
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