Coronation Street

Coronation Street’s Helen Worth and Antony Cotton made MBEs in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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The pair have been honoured ahead of the Platinum Jubilee.

Coronation Street stars Helen Worth and Antony Cotton have received MBEs as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Worth, who has played Gail Platt on the soap for almost 48 years, received her award for services to drama. Responding to the news, she said: “It was a huge surprise to learn that I had been nominated for an MBE.

“To be honoured for doing something I have enjoyed so much for so many years is truly wonderful, and I am particularly delighted to receive this award in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year.”

Worth joined the series in 1974, becoming one of the most recognisable faces of the soap.

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“Everyone on the show is so pleased to hear about Helen’s Jubilee honour,” added John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama.

“She is a faultless actor and a lovely human being who richly deserves this honour.”

Worth was joined on the honours list by fellow Corrie star Antony Cotton, who has played Sean Tully on the cobbles since 2003.

Cotton, who is an ambassador for military charity the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and patron of Help For Heroes, received his MBE for services to British Army personnel and veterans.

Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton at the Sun Military awards 2018

“I am completely overwhelmed by this honour, especially as it has come during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Working with our amazing armed forces, in particular the Army, has truly been the greatest honour of my life,” he said.

“To have a soldier, of any age or rank, come to me and entrust me with their stories, their experiences and especially their worries, has been life changing.”

Coronation Street airs at the earlier time of 7.30pm all this week on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.