Coronation Street’s Sue Cleaver is taking a break from the ITV soap to star in a hit musical.
The 60 year old actress, who has played much-loved Cobbles character Eileen Grimshaw since 2000, has landed a role in the stage version of popular film Sister Act. It is not the first time that Sue has stepped away from Coronation Street, as she starred in 2022’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
The official Sister Act The Musical Instagram account announced Sue’s role in the show this week. Their statement said: "Praise the lord – Sue Cleaver is swapping the cobbles for the convent!
"Sue will be playing the role of Mother Superior in Sister Act The Musical* in 2024."
Sue also took to Instagram to share the news, posting: "Holy Moly… Praise The Lord… Hallelujah…It’s Nun other than the truth…
"After 20+ years away from the theatre, I am appearing in Sister Act next year!!!"
An ITV source told The Sun that Sue was "taking a very very short break, just like other cast members have done in the past”.
Last month it was also reported that Sue was set to join an all-star cast on a new series of BBC reality show Pilgrimage. The star was said to be taking time away from the ITV soap to appear on the BBC Two show – although she has no plans to leave permanently.
Pilgrimage is a religious reality show that sees celebrities of different faiths and beliefs come together for a trek along an ancient pilgrimage route.
According to The Sun, Sue will appear on the programme alongside famous faces including Christine McGuinness – who in recent years has opened up about her autism diagnosis at the age of 33.
Corrie star Sue recently hit headlines as a result of her weight loss that saw her go from a size 16 to a size 12. And recently she was left "absolutely incensed" after an online scammer had used her image to promote their weight loss supplement.
In a video shared to her Instagram, she said: “I’m really, really sad that I have to actually make this video. But, I’ve had quite a lot of messages over the last couple of weeks asking me about… keto dummies.”
She continued: “There is obviously some scam going around saying that I lost weight using keto gummies. Dummies? I dunno. Well, it’s c**p. It’s a scam. And if you’ve been taken in by it, I am so, so sorry.”
Sue fumed about her anger that scammers had used her image to promote their products, as she said: “It’s outrageous. And I just want you to know that I would never, ever, ever advocate anything like that. I’m incensed. I’m absolutely incensed."
She went on: "Yes, I lost some weight last year. I stopped drinking and I went in the jungle. Yes, I have lost weight this year. But not from any diet.”
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