‘EastEnders’ fans can look forward to a new face around Albert Square soon, as actress Pauline McLynn - best known for her role as Mrs. Doyle in the comedy ‘Father Ted’ - has been announced as the latest star to join the soap.
Pauline will be playing Yvonne, the mother of Charlie Cotton, who recently arrived in the soap as Dot Cotton’s grandson.
The actress has expressed her excitement at joining ‘EastEnders’, particularly so that she can work with June Brown, who has played Dot Cotton on the BBC soap for almost 30 years.
Pauline said: “It is a thrill to join 'EastEnders', my favourite soap. In particular. any chance to be part of a Dot Cotton storyline is not to be passed up - June Brown is a legend and I feel privileged to act with her.”
As well as her comedic role in ‘Father Ted’, Pauline has starred in ‘Shameless’ and the film ‘Angela’s Ashes’.
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who was named Executive Producer of ‘EastEnders’ last year, says he is looking forward to Pauline’s character making her arrival in Walford.
He said: “I have always been a little in love with Pauline McLynn so I’m so excited she’s joining the Cotton family.
“It was about time Albert Square had another Irish character and I know that viewers are going to both love and be intrigued by Yvonne Cotton.”
Soap fans won’t have long to wait before they can see Pauline making her ‘EastEnders’ debut, as her first scenes as Yvonne will be airing next month.