Corrie newcomer Jodie Prenger curtsied to William Roache in awkward blunder

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Coronation Street newcomer Jodie Prenger embarrassed herself by curtsying when she met ‘‘soap royalty’’ William Roache for the first time.

The winner of the TV talent series I’d Do Anything has landed her dream role on the Street as Glenda – the sassy sister of undertaker George Shuttleworth.

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But meeting the cast for the first time proved daunting, and the singer and actress explained: “I have just met Bill Roache and I don’t know what I did with my body but it was like half a curtsy and I went to do a shake.

‘‘It just didn’t work out and I just made a bit of a weirdo of myself but he was so lovely.”

Jodie reckons her signing to Corrie was written in the stars.

She said: “My family are all from Manchester – Moss Side. They used to have a café-cum-grocery and my nan’s brother used to deliver Pat Phoenix’s groceries. That is how much we love it.

“My nan Terry Doyle worshipped Elsie Tanner and when your family have loved something for so long, it genuinely is an honour to be part of an institution and a family."

She added: “On my first day I remember driving up to the gates at ITV and it felt like I was at MGM Studios.

“It was amazing. I didn’t need a trip to Disney World.

“I was already here.”

Fans will discover Glenda worked on a cruise ship but ends up a barmaid in the Rovers.

Talking of the first time she got to film in the pub, Jodie added: “I could feel the tears start to come down my face. You don’t realise the effect it has.”

And she says the colourful red-head character is just like her: “There are tiny little things she says like ‘Are they eck as like’ and ‘Oh, come on kid.’ It is stuff I say.”

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