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Katie Fitzpatrick & Kate Lally

Coronation Street's Bernie Winter star has a famous wife soap fans may recognise

Bernie Winter has been a firm favourite with Corrie fans since she burst onto the cobbles as Gemma's mum in 2019.

The character, played by Jane Hazelgrove, has become a force to be reckoned with, gobby and not one to fall onto the wrong side of. An early storyline saw her steal her pregnant daughter’s urine to sell fake positive pregnancy tests.

Now that she's settled into the street, however, viewers have seen a softer side. Bernie will fight tooth and nail for her loved ones, and she's loyal to a fault.

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A new comedy storyline has seen her meet her doppelganger Fern, played by Gabrielle Glaister - who previously starred as Deborah "Debs" Brownlow back in 2000.

Bernie has been unlucky in love in the soap, but thankfully Jane fares much better romantically. The 54-year-old has been married to fellow soap actor Isobel Middleton since 2015, the MEN reports.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine in 2019 she opened up about her "beautiful" wife, adding: “We’ve not [worked alongside each other], which is probably why we’re still together. She’s sensational, a really beautiful woman. I am very blessed."

Isobel had three roles in Emmerdale as Dr Lane in 2014, a prosecution barrister during Simon McManus's trial in 2018 and Jean Rawson in 2020. And in the BBC soap EastEnders she played Sadie Banks in 2002.

In May she tweeted proudly about her love ahead of The British Soap Awards: "Very proud that my sublimely talented & hilarious wife has been nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the #soapawards2022 We can’t vote but if I could I would. Repeatedly. #JaneHazlegrove #BernieWinters #Corrie #funnybones."

On landing the role as the colourful Bernie, she said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Coronation Street. It’s where I started my apprenticeship as a very young actor. I can’t wait to get stuck in”.

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