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Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth, CBE, was born on 22nd June, 1932. Still most famous for the part of Sybil Fawlty in the 1970s sit-com Fawlty Towers, she has a long career as an actress stretching from the 1960s to the present. In recent years she has appeared in the long running Radio 4 comedy Ladies of Letters. In Coronation Street she played bus conductress Eileen Hughes, who sought the attentions of Harry Hewitt during early 1961.

Scales is married to actor Timothy West, who appeared in Coronation Street as retiree Eric Babbage in February 2013.

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