Eileen Derbyshire (born 6th October, 1930 in Urmston, Manchester) is a British actress best known for playing Emily Bishop in Coronation Street from 1961 to the present day. She is the longest-serving actress on the programme, and the second longest-serving performer after William Roache. Eileen trained at the Northern School of Music (now the Royal Northern College) and was a speech and drama teacher before she turned her attentions to acting full-time, appearing in repertory theatre throughout Britain as part of the Century Mobile Theatre Company and doing radio work from the age of 17 prior to joining the Street as Miss Nugent in January 1961. The character's Christian name Emily was not given until about a year later, and the character was always credited as "Miss Nugent" until the late 1960s.
Eileen is reknowned for maintaining her privacy, refusing to join her fellow cast and crew members at award ceremonies and other publicity events. She very rarely signs autographs for fans, although it has been noted that she will occasionally respond to fan mail. Her only son is the tabloid sports journalist Oliver Holt.