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MAUREEN LIPMAN - the Coronation Street cast member and Celebrity Gogglebox star - detailed a moment she shared with the late actress Diana Rigg after opening up about the Bond Girl in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

PUBLISHED: 20:43, Tue, Sep 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:43, Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Maureen Lipman revealed she had a "real soft spot" for Avengers star Diana Rigg just weeks after her death earlier this month. The Coronation Street star appeared as the James Bond actress' understudy during a theatre performance in her earlier years.

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The 74-year-old, who is no stranger to the stage, opened up about the actress who she admittedly has "strong memories" of.

It comes after Diana died from cancer aged 82 following a short battle with cancer.

Maureen revealed she worked alongside the Avengers and Game of Thrones star in the theatre when the Corrie star was aged 25.

"I had a very soft spot for Diana Rigg," the actress explained. "I was her understudy for almost a year at the National Theatre at the Old Vic."

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Maureen said: "I remember she was very elegant and very glamorous. She was so good."

The ITV star revealed that she would often "check-in" on Diana ahead of their stage performance.

Maureen continued: "I had so many strong memories about her. As her understudy, I would go in every night just to see if everything was alright.

"And I'm thinking, she must have thought, 'Oh God. Here she comes.'"

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