Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley says soap wrecked her life as she blasts show’s long hours

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FORMER Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley has hit out at the 12-hour days she spent filming the show, saying it took over her life.

The 35-year-old told how the gruelling ‘7am to 7pm’ stretches on set kept her from her family – calling it time she would “never get back.”

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Catherine with husband Tom and son Alfie in 2015[/caption]

And in perhaps the biggest blow, actress Catherine – who played Eva Price – insisted she doesn’t even watch the show now.

Catherine, who was on the soap between 2011 and 2018, added she was spending more time with four-year-old son Archie after quitting last year, the Star reports.

They quote her as saying: “It was 7am to 7pm every day at Corrie. Those are moments in your life you never get back.

“I love spending more time with my little boy now. I’ve not managed to watch it. I’m too busy.”

Catherine quit the soap to try different roles and spend more time with her family

Catherine announced she was having her first child with then-boyfriend Tom Pitfield in August 2014, with the pair getting engaged the following month.

Son Alfie was born in March 2015, with the pair marrying surrounded by her Coronation Street co-stars the following year.

Seven stars have quit Corrie in the past three months with Lucy Fallon the latest to announce she would be leaving the soap.

The exodus of high-profile stars includes Kym Marsh as Michelle Connor, Faye Brookes (Kate Connor), Tristan Gemmill (Robert Preston) and Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker).


As Eva cuddling baby Susie in the soap last year[/caption]

Gossipping with Peter Barlow on Corrie in 2018

Taking much of the flak for this current Corrie crisis is controversial new boss Iain MacLeod — who took over a year ago.

He has borne the brunt of grumbling both on set and among fans.

Discontent behind the scenes has been gathering momentum for some time, driven largely by the big disparity among the actors’ pay packets.

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