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Father Ted star Pauline McLynn to join EastEnders cast

Pauline McLynn as Yvonne Cotton in EastEnders. Credit: BBC

Renowned Irish character actress Pauline McLynn will be joining EastEnders to play Charlie Cotton's mother.

Viewers will remember McLynn for her star turn as the long-suffering house keeper Mrs Doyle in classic Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.

Show bosses said the Irish actress, who also starred in Shameless, will have "a recurring guest role" as Yvonne Cotton, appearing on screens next month.

Dot Cotton, left, with Yvonne Cotton in EastEnders. Credit: BBC

Her arrival in Albert Square is a far cry from her tenure on Craggy Island, where she served tea to priests at the parish.

To celebrate the arrival of Mrs Doyle - McLynn - on the Square, ITV News has put together three of her top moments:


1.) She is a hard worker who can learn anything if she puts her mind to it.

2.) She is always ready with a brew and takes criticism well.

3.) She will go to any lengths to make sure her home is festive.