Coronation Street's Patti Clare looks completely different to Mary Taylor as she glams up for The Chase appearance

CORONATION Street's Patti Clare shocked fans with her glam transformation on A Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special.

The 44-year-old star is best known for playing frumpy Mary Taylor on the ITV soap, but oozed glamour in the past TV appearance – which was repeated on air last night.

Ditching Mary's drab wardrobe and minimal hair-styling and make-up, Patti looked sensational in a velvet purple blazer and chic dress.

She styled her brunette hair into glam curls, with a bold red lip completing her stunning look.

Patti went up against expert Chaser Shaun Wallace for her appearance – wowing host Bradley Walsh as she managed to beat him and win £3,000 for charity.

But viewers at home were more distracted by her makeover, and flocked to Twitter to share their reaction.

One wrote: "Jesus, only just realised that's Mary!"

Another agreed: "Mary scrubs up well."

A third said: "Mary looks so pretty."

One more tweeted: "I did not recognise Patti!"

Patti joined Corrie in 2008 and is popular with viewers.

In fact, the actress is a three-time winner of the British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance thanks to her role as Mary.

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