Corrie doppelgänger Gabrielle Glaister constantly mistaken for Jane Hazelgrove

Coronation Street viewers might not believe their eyes next week when they appear to be seeing double, with two Bernie Winters on the show.

But it's not fans going crazy: the second Bernie is actually her doppelgänger Fern, who is part of a brand new storyline.

It's been revealed that actress Gabrielle Glaister is the latest addition to the Corrie cast and she'll be playing Bernie's lookalike, Fern.

Bernie actress Jane Hazelgrove actually came up with the idea of having a double on the soap after she was "constantly mistaken" for Gabrielle.

She said: “I mentioned this idea to Jonathan a while ago. Gabby and I are constantly mistaken for each other with people saying they have seen one of us in something when it was the other one.

"We have often laughed about it together but then I started thinking it might be fun to have her in the show as Bernie’s secret twin or a doppelgänger.

“I was so chuffed when they told me that they had devised this storyline and that Gabby was on board."

Here's where you might know the new Corrie lookalike actress from and when she'll be making an appearance.

Who is Gabrielle Glaister?

Gabrielle Glaister is an actress who is known for her role as Patricia Farnham in Brookside.

But the new role isn't Glaister's first stint on Corrie; she previously joined the soap in 2000, starring as Debs Brownlow.

From there, she went on to play Trish Wallace in Family Affairs and in 2019 she took on the role of Hilary Benshaw in Emmerdale.

Now, Gabrielle is returning to Weatherfield, but not as her old character Debs.

Like Jane, Gabrielle also spoke about how the pair are constantly mistaken for each other and said that the new doppelgänger storyline was "so clever".

She said: “Jane and I have been mistaken for each other for years and years. Me constantly denying that I was in Casualty, Jane insisting that she wasn’t in Brookside!

"Or people congratulating me on my performance in something I wasn’t in because it was Jane being brilliant. A very good friend of mine texted me last week to say he caught a bit of Corrie and thought I was very good. I pointed out that I wasn’t on screen yet!

“When they approached me with the storyline It seemed like fate! What they’ve written is so clever and I’m having a ball working with Jane.”

When will Gabrielle Glaister be on Coronation Street?

Gabrielle has already been busy filming for her return to Corrie and the doppelgänger storyline will start next week on August 26.

The plotline will begin with a mix-up over a parcel collection, after Bernie is mistaken for Fern when collecting Joseph’s new school uniform and is given her parcel by the shop assistant instead.

Fern arrives at Bernie's home to accuse her of theft and demand the parcel, but the women are quickly struck by their uncanny resemblance.

The show is set for some double trouble as Fern then tries to enlist Bernie into some dodgy antics.

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