Monday 18 December 2017

Corrie star Betty dies at age 91

Lauren Turner

Friends and colleagues paid tribute to Betty Driver of 'Coronation Street', who died over the weekend aged 91.

She was remembered as "a wonderful actress and remarkable woman".

The much-loved veteran actress played the role of Rovers Return barmaid Betty Williams (Turpin) for 42 years -- and had vowed to never retire.

Colleagues said that with her passing the famous street would never quite be the same again. The actress, died after six weeks in hospital.

Julie Goodyear, fellow barmaid Bet Lynch in the soap, said: "It was an honour and a privilege to work with Betty Driver for 25 years. "We laughed together, we cried together and never once had a cross word. She was a totally professional actress. A true icon and legend, and a very dear friend."

Other colleagues to pay tribute included William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow.

He said: "I loved Betty dearly, she was not only a colleague, she was a friend and godmother to my son James. She will be missed in the Street but she will be missed more so as a warm and loving person."

Driver appeared in more than 2,800 episodes of the British soap.

Irish Independent

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