Eileen Derbyshire

English actress

Eileen Derbyshire, MBE (born 6 October 1931) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Emily Bishop in the soap opera Coronation Street.[1] She has played the character for 55 years from January 1961 to January 2016, making her the longest-serving female cast member in a British soap opera.[2]

Eileen Derbyshire
Born (1931-10-06) 6 October 1931 (age 89)
Years active1948–2016
Spouse(s)Thomas W. Holt (m. 1965)
ChildrenOliver Holt

She is the mother of sports journalist Oliver Holt. She was awarded an MBE in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours list with her fellow co-star and friend, Barbara Knox.


  1. "Cope: 'Emily' should receive damehood - Coronation Street News - Soaps". Digital Spy. 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  2. "Emily Bishop". ITV Official Coronation Street site. Retrieved 20 November 2017.

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