Coronation Street actress arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

Friday 28 March 2014 20.45
The Sun newspaper in Britain said the actress confronted officers asking: 'Do you know who I am?'
The Sun newspaper in Britain said the actress confronted officers asking: 'Do you know who I am?'

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, who plays the role of Rita Tanner in the ITV soap, has been arrested for drink-driving.

The 80-year-old was held on suspicion of driving under the influence at her local police station in Knutsford, Cheshire.

The veteran actress had gone there after her daughter, Maxine Ashcroft, 56, was earlier arrested for the same offence.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: "Police stopped a car in Hollow Lane, Knutsford, and a 56-year-old woman from Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

"An 80-year-old woman from Knutsford arrived at Knutsford police station and was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

"She was bailed pending further inquiries."

The pair had been out for the afternoon and were pulled over by police as the soap star was being driven home by her daughter, according to The Sun newspaper in Britain.

The paper said Ms Knox later confronted officers at the station, asking: "Do you know who I am?"

Ms Ashcroft was later charged with "driving when the alcohol level was above the limit".

She is due to appear at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court on 2 April.

Ms Knox is due to answer bail on 4 April.

This year marks 50 years since Ms Knox first appeared in the show as an exotic dancer.

A Coronation Street spokeswoman said the arrest was a personal matter.