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Tyldesley in 2012
Catherine Mary Ann Tyldesley

(1983-09-17) 17 September 1983 (age 40)
Walkden, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Tom Pitfield
(m. 2016)
Children 2
Relatives Michael Vaughan (second cousin)

Catherine Mary Ann Tyldesley (born 17 September 1983) is an English actress, known for her roles as Iris Moss in the BBC drama Lilies (2007), Eva Price on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from (2011–2018) and Karen Norris in the BBC sitcom Scarborough (2019). She also appeared as a contestant on the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2019.

Early life

Catherine Mary Ann Tyldesley was born on 17 September 1983 in Walkden, Greater Manchester. She attended St. George's RC High School and Pendleton College before training at the Birmingham School of Acting (formerly the Birmingham School of Speech & Drama), graduating in 2005.


Tyldesley's television credits include Coronation Street, Holby City, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Sorted, Florence Nightingale Red Riding, Shameless and Trollied. She played the lead role of Iris Moss in the Liverpool-set BBC drama Lilies in 2007. She also appeared in the comedy television pilot Guantanamo Phil, part of the Channel 4 Comedy Showcase 2009.

In 2010, Tyldesley played the role of Abi Peterson in Emmerdale for two months. Tyldesley sings in the range of mezzo-soprano. She has also modelled for the House of Fraser.

Coronation Street

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Tyldesley at Manchester Pride 2011 on the Coronation Street float.

Tyldesley played a midwife in an episode broadcast on 13 January 2006. In May 2011, Tyldesley was cast in the regular role of Eva. The actress began filming her first scenes that month. During an interview with Digital Spy, Tyldesley revealed that there had been a lot of competition for the role of Eva and that she felt "incredibly lucky" to have secured the part. Tyldesley said she felt "nervous" when she first arrived on set. Speaking to What's on TV, she said that she had a "mini freak out" when filming her first scenes in The Rovers. Tyldesley added that Coronation Street is "absolutely legendary" and is thrilled to be a part of the cast. After impressing producers, it was later confirmed that Tyldesley was to be kept on as a permanent member of the cast. After signing a new six-month contract, an executive said that Eva will be involved in some "cracking" storylines towards the end of the year. In May 2012, Tyldesley expressed her desire for a long-term stint on the show. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Tyldesley said "I've always wanted to be in Corrie. So when I got the phone call to tell me that I'd got the part, I was thrilled to bits." She also added that Eva has got "so much scope".

Before she appeared on screen, Eva was described as being "feisty". Tyldesley revealed more about her character, saying "Eva is a little bit of a princess! She's been spoiled rotten, so she's somewhat high maintenance and a little bit of a drama queen. She's definitely used to getting her own way." The actress said her character adores her mother and they share a great relationship. When Eva enters the show, her circumstances force her to be more angry than she normally is. Tyldesley said that Eva does have a softer side, which she believed viewers would see in the future. When asked why Eva and Karl do not get along, Tyldesley said "I think it's because they're both quite similar. When Eva first joins the street, she's had a little bit of turmoil with past relationships and things like that, so I think she feels like she wants to be quite selfish at the moment, which annoys Karl. But she's always been full of self-importance because she's always been spoiled – she's not known any different." Tyldesley revealed that Eva is not a lesbian character, despite a newspaper report, and that she definitely loves the boys. When asked about Eva's type, Tyldesley said that they would have to be "on her wavelength" as Eva gets bored and frustrated with people who are not on her level. In May 2012, Tyldesley commented that Eva's glamorous lifestyle can be "straining" and she enjoys time off work so she can wear normal and more comfortable clothes.

In December 2017, it was announced that Tyldesley had decided to leave the series; her final scenes aired on 3 August 2018.

Other work

In 2016, she released her debut studio album, Rise.

In 2019, Tyldesley participated in the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing and was partnered with Johannes Radebe. They were the fifth couple to eliminated. Also that year, she starred in the BBC comedy series Scarborough as Karen Norris.

In 2022, Tyldesley appeared in an episode of McDonald and Dodds as Kate Porter.

Personal life

Tyldesley's second cousin is former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.

In August 2014, Tyldesley announced she and her partner Tom Pitfield were expecting their first child. On 30 August 2014, Tyldesley announced via Twitter that she was engaged to Pitfield. She gave birth to son Alfie James on 18 March 2015. On 21 May 2016, Tyldesley married Pitfield. In October 2021, Tyldesley announced she and Pitfield were expecting their second child. She gave birth to her daughter, Iris Ella, on 19 April 2022.

'Cake gate' drama

In August 2023, Tyldesley spoke out on Instagram about claims that she had, via a party planner, asked bakery owner Rebecca Severs of the Three Little Birds bakery in Keighley, West Yorkshire, to make two large cakes and 100 cupcakes for her 40th birthday party in exchange for publicity.

Severs published her response to the party planner on Facebook, where she said: "Unfortunately, as my mortgage provider doesn't take payment in the form of 'promotion on their socials', and my staff can't feed their kids with 'exposure on Instagram', I'll have to decline your very generous offer." Tyldesley said that she had no idea the emails were being sent and said that the Leeds-based event management agency and party planner NVRLND, who were involved, were "an amazing company", who had supplied her in the past with performers, and that they were "completely misrepresented in this matter". She added: 'I hope the cake lady got the exposure she was craving' in a response that was widely criticised online.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Holby City Mackenzie James Episode: "Mother Love"
Coronation Street Midwife Episode: #1.6203
No Angels Stephie Episode: #3.2
Drop Dead Gorgeous Rachel Worth Episode: #1.1
Sorted Female Viewer Episode: #1.2
2007 Lilies Iris Moss Main role
It's Adam and Shelley Various Episode: #1.1
The Street Grace Episode: "Taxi"
2008 Florence Nightingale Parthenope Television film
Doctors Lynne Hammerson Episode: "Endless Love"
The Jason Lewis Experience Various Television film
2009 Red Riding Tessa Television film
Comedy Showcase Louise Episode: "Guantanamo Phil"
2010 Scallywagga Psycho Sarah Main role
Holby City Jody Stevens Episode: "Transgressions"
Emmerdale Abi Peterson Recurring role
2011 Shameless Carly Episode: "Wedding of Disaster"
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Amy Episode: "Cheese Toastie"
The Royal Sheila Blunt Episode: "Manoeuvres"
Chickens Mrs. Honeywell Episode: "Pilot"
2011–2012 Trollied Emma Recurring role
2011–2018 Coronation Street Eva Price Regular role
2019 15 Days Sara Main role
Scarborough Karen Norris Main role
2021 Viewpoint Kate Tuckman Main role
The Holden Girls: Mandy & Myrtle Herself Episode: #1.1
Handbags for Heroes Alongside Stephanie Aird
2022 McDonald and Dodds Kate Porter Episode: "Belvedere"
2023 The Good Ship Murder Kate Woods Main role
15 Days to Murder Sara Main role

Guest appearances

  • Loose Women (2011) – Guest
  • I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW! (2011) – Guest panellist
  • Life on Murs (2012) – Herself
  • Lorraine (2012) – Guest
  • Through the Keyhole (21 September 2013 & 17 February 2018) – Guest panellist
  • All Star Family Fortunes (17 February 2013 & 28 December 2013) – Contestant
  • Tonight (2015-2017) - Herself
  • Loose Women (2018) — Guest Panellist
  • Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (2018) - Herself-Contestant
  • Strictly Come Dancing (2019) - Herself-Contestant; series 17
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (2019) - Herself-Contestant
  • The Weakest Link (2021) - Herself-Contestant; Strictly Come Dancing Special.
  • Moneybags (2022) – Herself-Contestant; Moneybags Celebrity Special
  • The One Show (2023) – Guest


Studio album

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Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2012 British Soap Awards ... Female Nominated
Inside Soap Awards Nominated
Best Dressed Soap Star Shortlisted
2013 British Soap Awards ... Female Nominated
2014 Nominated
2017 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Bad Girl Nominated
... Female Shortlisted
2018 TV Choice Awards Best Soap Actress Nominated
British Soap Awards Best Actress Shortlisted
Inside Soap Awards Shortlisted
Digital Spy Reader Awards Best Soap Actor (Female) Sixth

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