Catherine Tyldesley, 35, is a singer, actress and model famous for her portrayal of Iris Moss in BBC drama Lilies and Coronation Street’s Eva Price. We grabbed her after the school run for a quick coffee and a gossip about everything from life after Corrie, juggling motherhood, filming and her laid-back summer style.
So what’s life been like since leaving Corrie?
I’ve had some chill time which I really needed. I wanted to spend some quality time with my son and husband, and to travel and we did just that - it was bliss. I went on a detox retreat in Portugal, The Jason Vale retreat. There was a lot of walking, meditation and writing. So I’ve been pretty busy but it feels like I’ve got more of a home/life balance. It was also really important to me that I was around when Alfie started school. I wanted to be the person doing the school run for those first few weeks.
Do you still watch the show?
I don’t get time to keep up with the show as much as I’d like to but I try to tune in for the bigger storylines.
I speak often with my telly sisters Jane Danson and Georgia Taylor. We’re all really close. I still speak to Samia Longchambon, Antony Cotton, Katie McGlynn and of course my lovely telly fella - Shayne Ward. We went for lunch a couple of weeks ago. We’re like big kids when we get together!
What are you working on now?
I’m filming a cliff hanger drama, 15 Days with David Caves and Tom Rhys Harries.
The writing and the cast are phenomenal and our director Andy Newbury is just brilliant. I’m very excited about it. There are a few other wonderful happenings too but I can’t talk about those just yet.
We got used to seeing you as high maintenance Eva - what’s your own style like?
I’m much more chilled out. I’m normally in jeans and a jumper. As soon as I get home I’m straight into my PJs or Tom’s trackies. Hair up, make up off… super comfy!
What is your go to summer look? And are there any summer essentials you’ve got your eye on this year?
Maxi dresses - easy to wear, dress them up or dress them down - effortless but feminine. I’m loving the denim vibe this year too.
What kind of shopper are you?
Since Alfie arrived I do all my shopping online. I don’t have time to go shopping and I’d much rather have a calm experience from the comfort of my sofa. I also work with stylist Martine Alexander, who dresses me much of the time. She’s a godsend.
What are your summer holiday plans? What is your ideal summer holiday/perfects summer afternoon?
We’re not sure yet, but we’re definitely heading to America at some point. My ideal holiday is the Caribbean - you can’t beat it. It’s so beautiful, the people are wonderful, the food is super tasty, the beaches are dream-like.
My ideal day would be spent on a beach in St. Vincent’s, playing with my boys in the sand (sipping a frozen strawberry daiquiri!)
Any tips for travelling with small children?
Books, films, play dough, music... ANYTHING to keep them happy!
Any the question we all really want to know….Eva’s laugh, was that for Coronation Street or real life?
I went to drama school with an opera singer and she had a laugh which was quite similar so Eva’s is a version of that. People often ask and tweet me about it. I’ve even been asked if people can have it as a ring tone!