EX CORONATION Street star Catherine Tyldesley claimed £50,000 in government cash to prop up her business on the furlough scheme, it has been reported.
The 37-year-old star is said to have used taxpayer’s money to support her production firm from December until April of this year.
Catherine reportedly claimed £50,000 on furlough for her businessCredit: PA:Press Association
She starred in Viewpoint back in AprilCredit: Tiger Aspect Productions
The actress has worked throughout the pandemic, including starring in drama miniseries Viewpoint, and Cooking With The Stars.
But her company Dreambig was one of many to claim furlough during the Covid pandemic, according to records on Companies House.
The Daily Star report that in the 12 months until July 2019, the firm had £23,000 in cash deposits.
Government papers then reveal that it claimed £50,000 in furlough cash, with Catherine and her husband Tom Pitfield supporting the business further with up to £10,000-a-month – which they are authorised to do.
The Sun have contacted Catherine’s rep for comment.
The star is just the latest in a long line of celebs to have made use of the government scheme, which was launched to support struggling businesses during the pandemic.
Last month, The Sun revealed that I’m A Celeb champ Giovanna Fletcher and her McFly husband Tom, worth an estimated £8million, had received up to £30,000 of government cash.
Following our report, the showbiz couple admitted to a “huge error in judgement”.
In a brief social media statement, Giovanna confirmed that the money was for a member of their team who they’d placed on furlough.
However, she admitted that she and Tom should have “funded it themselves” – and said they’d paid the “full amount” back.
Catherine and husband Tom supported the company with up to £10,000 a monthCredit: Getty – Contributor