Coronation Street viewers will be rubbing their eyes next week when they’ll see two Bernie Winters in an all-new story — or, more accurately, Bernie Winters and her doppelganger Fern.
Gabrielle Glaister, who has previously played in Brooksidehas joined the cast of Corrie to play Fern, the lookalike of Jane Hazlegrove’s Bernie. Fern will try to convince Bernie to get involved in some nefarious activities next week, and the action starts on August 26, after a parcel collection.
Bernie will accidentally be given Fern’s package by a shop assistant, which will lead to Fern accusing Bernie of theft. The two realize how much they are alike, and later Fern will try to talk Bernie into making money in some sketchier ways.
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The idea was actually conceived by Hazlegrove herself after she noted that she and Glaister were consistently mistaken for each other. The plot was later developed specifically with Glaister in mind for Fern. Glaister gladly accepted the role.
In a press release, Glaister said: “Jane and I have been mistaken for each other for years. I constantly deny that I was in DamageJane insisted she wasn’t in it Brookside.”
She continued: “When they approached me with the story, it seemed like fate! What they’ve written is so clever and I’m having a blast working with Jane.”
Glaister previously played Patricia Farnham in the British soap opera in the 1990s Brooksidewhile she has also appeared in Blackadder and Doctors. This is not her first outing either Corrie, either. Back in 2000, Glaister appeared as Debs Brownlow, the sister of Denise Welch’s Natalie Horrocks.
Hazlewick herself said that she began to think that it “might be fun” to have Glaister back on the show as a secret twin or doppelganger for Bernie.
Hazelwick said: “I was so happy when they told me they had made this story and Gabby was on board.”
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