Saturday 1 October 2016

Tributes paid to Corrie star Morag Siller who has died following five year cancer battle

Published 21/04/2016 | 12:19

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 11: Mark Addy, Morag Siller, Sally Dynevor attend Cabaret for Cancer an evening of variety in aid of breast cancer charities, The Genesis Appeal and The Beechwood Cancer Care Centre at Royal Exchange Theatre on March 11, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Cox/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 11: Mark Addy, Morag Siller, Sally Dynevor attend Cabaret for Cancer an evening of variety in aid of breast cancer charities, The Genesis Appeal and The Beechwood Cancer Care Centre at Royal Exchange Theatre on March 11, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Cox/Getty Images)

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to Coronation Street actress Morag Siller who has died following a five year cancer battle.

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She was just 46.

Morag played Reverend Esther Warren in the hugely popular ITV soap and counted many of the show's stars among her friends and many have taken to social media to pay their respects.

"So sad to hear of the passing of the wonderful Morag Siller.  She played my girlfriend in Ladies of Letters & was a delight.  God bless you M" worte Corrie actor Lee Boardman.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 11: Antony Cotton, Morag Siller attend Cabaret for Cancer an evening of variety in aid of breast cancer charities, The Genesis Appeal and The Beechwood Cancer Care Centre at Royal Exchange Theatre on March 11, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Cox/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 11: Antony Cotton, Morag Siller attend Cabaret for Cancer an evening of variety in aid of breast cancer charities, The Genesis Appeal and The Beechwood Cancer Care Centre at Royal Exchange Theatre on March 11, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Cox/Getty Images)

Fellow Corrie star Antony Cotton added, "Morag Siller. What a woman.  She was a magnificent human being.  Devastated."

Actress Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster in Corrie, was particularly good friends with Morgan.

“I first met Morag about six years ago and it came about due to us both living with breast cancer. I knew we were going to be friends instantly. We talked about what we had both been going through on our first meeting and we have been great friends ever since," she told the Manchester Evening News.

"We did a lot together for charity – she was very passionate about the work she did and cared very much about Beechwood and Genesis.

“She made you feel you could do anything. I wish I had known her for longer, she was such an inspiration.

"I feel very lucky to have met her but I am devastated that she has passed away, she was such an amazing, generous, kind woman and a fantastic actress – just a beautiful human being.”

Morag had also appeared in Emmerdale, Holby City and Casualty.

Morag had been patron of two UK cancer charities, Beechwood Cancer Care and Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

In a speech for one of those charities last month she spoke about her illness and revealed that it was terminal. 

She lost her battle on Friday at Manchester's Christie Hospital.

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