Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

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Catherine Tyldesley
Catherine Tyldesley, Manchester Opera House.jpg

Tyldesley outside the Manchester Opera House for a performance of the 9 to 5 musical.
Born (1983-09-17) 17 September 1983 (age 35)
Salford, England
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2006–present
Known for Iris Moss in Lilies
Eva Price in Coronation Street
Television Lilies (2007)
Emmerdale (2010)
Scallywagga (2010)
Coronation Street (2011–2018)
Loose Women (2018-)
Spouse(s)
Tom Pitfield (m. 2016)
Children 1
Website Agent’s page

Catherine Tyldesley (born 17 September 1983) is an English actress, model and singer. She is best known for playing Iris Moss in the BBC drama Lilies in 2007, and Eva Price on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 2011 to 2018.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Tyldesley is from Walkden, Greater Manchester.[2][3] She attended St. George’s RC High School and Pendleton College before training at the Birmingham School of Acting (formerly the Birmingham School of Speech & Drama), graduating in 2005.[4][3]

Tyldesley’s television credits include Coronation Street, Holby City, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Sorted, Florence Nightingale Red Riding, Shameless and Trollied. She played the lead role of Iris Moss in the Liverpool-set BBC drama Lilies.[5] She also appeared in the comedy television pilot Guantanamo Phil, part of the Channel 4 Comedy Showcase 2009.[6][7]

In 2010, Tyldesley played the role of Abi Peterson in Emmerdale for two months. Tyldesley sings in the range of mezzo-soprano.[4] She has also modelled for the House of Fraser.[8]

In 2016, she released her debut studio album, Rise.

Coronation Street[edit]

Tyldesley played a midwife in an episode broadcast on 13 January 2006. In May 2011, Tyldesley was cast in the regular role of Eva.[9] The actress began filming her first scenes that month.[9] During an interview with Digital Spy, Tyldesley revealed that there had been a lot of competition for the role of Eva and that she felt “incredibly lucky” to have secured the part.[10] Tyldesley said she felt “nervous” when she first arrived on set.[11] Speaking to What’s on TV, she said that she had a “mini freak out” when filming her first scenes in The Rovers. Tyldesley added that Coronation Street is “absolutely legendary” and is thrilled to be a part of the cast.[11] After impressing producers, it was later confirmed that Tyldesley was to be kept on as a permanent member of the cast.[12] After signing a new six-month contract, an executive said that Eva will be involved in some “cracking” storylines towards the end of the year.[12] In May 2012, Tyldesley expressed her desire for a long-term stint on the show.[13] Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Tyldesley said “I’ve always wanted to be in Corrie. So when I got the phone call to tell me that I’d got the part, I was thrilled to bits.”[13] She also added that Eva has got “so much scope”.[13]

Tyldesley at Manchester Pride 2011 on the Coronation Street float.

Before she appeared on screen, Eva was described as being “feisty”.[9] Tyldesley revealed more about her character, saying “Eva is a little bit of a princess! She’s been spoiled rotten, so she’s somewhat high maintenance and a little bit of a drama queen. She’s definitely used to getting her own way.”[10] The actress said her character adores her mother and they share a great relationship.[10] When Eva enters the show, her circumstances force her to be more angry than she normally is. Tyldesley said that Eva does have a softer side, which she believed viewers would see in the future.[10] When asked why Eva and Karl do not get along, Tyldesley said “I think it’s because they’re both quite similar. When Eva first joins the street, she’s had a little bit of turmoil with past relationships and things like that, so I think she feels like she wants to be quite selfish at the moment, which annoys Karl. But she’s always been full of self-importance because she’s always been spoiled – she’s not known any different.”[10] Tyldesley revealed that Eva is not a lesbian character, despite a newspaper report, and that she definitely loves the boys.[10] When asked about Eva’s type, Tyldesley said that they would have to be “on her wavelength” as Eva gets bored and frustrated with people who are not on her level.[10] In May 2012, Tyldesley commented that Eva’s glamorous lifestyle can be “straining” and she enjoys time off work so she can wear normal and more comfortable clothes.[14]

In December 2017, it was announced that Catherine had decided to leave the show to pursue different acting roles and spend time with family. Eva’s final scenes aired on 3 August 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Tyldesley admitted in June 2012 that men do not approach her outside of Coronation Street and blamed her character Eva for putting men off.[15] Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Tyldesley said: “I’m so disillusioned with men at the moment. Possibly men are intimidated by my screen character, I don’t know. I’ve been single for a while. I’ve been on a couple of dates, but it’s been quite a long time now.”[15] She began dating Tom Pitfield.[16] On 24 August 2014 Catherine announced she and Tom were expecting their first child. In September 2014 the couple got engaged.[17] She gave birth to son Alfie on 18 March 2015. On 21 May 2016, Tyldesley married Pitfield in a ceremony at which her Coronation Street co-stars attended. She currently divides her time between Walkden and London.[3] Her second cousin is former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.[18]

Discography[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
UK IRE SCOT CAN
Rise 174 200
  • UK: 1,500 CAN: 277 WORLD: 2,469

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Coronation Street Midwife 1 episode
Holby City Mackenzie James
Sorted Female Viewer
2007 Lilies Iris Moss Series regular
The Street Grace 1 episode
2008 Florence Nightingale Parthenope TV film
Doctors Lynne Hammerson 1 episode
2009 Red Riding Tessa TV film
2010 Scallywagga Psycho Sarah Series regular
Holby City Jody Stevens 1 episode
Emmerdale Abi Peterson Recurring: 20 episodes
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Amy 1 episode
2011 The Royal Sheila Blunt 1 episode
Shameless Carly 1 episode
2011–2018 Coronation Street Eva Price Regular character 740+ episodes
2011–2012 Trollied Emma Recurring: 8 episodes
2015–2017 Tonight Occasional reporter 3 episodes
2018 Loose Women Guest Panellist 2 episodes

Guest appearances[edit]

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