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Maggie Jones: 'I don't find Blanche funny'

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Maggie Jones: 'I don't find Blanche funny'
Coronation Street star Maggie Jones has admitted that she tries to ignore the comic nature of her outspoken character Blanche Hunt.

The 75-year-old actress's work on the ITV1 show earned her the funniest performance prize at the Inside Soap Awards last week.

However, reflecting on the recognition, Jones commented: "I don't find Blanche funny and I don't think I could play her properly if I did.

"Blanche genuinely believes that what she is saying is right and doesn't say things for comedic effect. If I started trying to play the lines for laughs, they wouldn't come out right."

Jones added that she can understand the appeal of her Weatherfield alter ego, who regularly interferes in the lives of her daughter Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) and son-in-law Ken (William Roache).

"We'd all like to be as outspoken as her and have the nerve to say the things she does," Female First quotes her as saying. "But then, everyone knows someone like her, or if they don't they wish they did."

Jones made her debut in the role of Blanche in 1974 and stuck with the soap for four years. She went on to return for a number of guest stints before making a permanent comeback in 1998. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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