Liz Dawn: Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth Dies – she was 77 – the nation loved and miss her

Liz Dawn: Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth

Liz Dawn: Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth Dies – fellow actors loved her smile and laughter. An actress who could make other actors cry or laugh while they watched her perform on set

Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in the soap for more than 30 years, has died.

The family were “devastated” after the death of the”incredible” 77-year-old.

“She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.”

Dawn died at her home, surrounded by her family, on Monday night. ITV said everyone at Coronation Street was heartbroken at the news.

Vera was one of soap’s great matriarchs and her stormy relationship with husband Jack, played by Bill Tarmey, provided on-screen drama and humour for years. Her early years had also focused on her work at the factory with friends including Ivy Tilsley.

She played the role from 1974 until 2008, when an episode featuring Vera’s death attracted more than 12 million viewers. The actress had been diagnosed with emphysema in 2004.

Dawn at the time of her exit from the show described that she had a marvellous time playing Vera, and that it had been very emotional filming her final scenes.

Viewers missed the actress then and as they do now.  There is great sadness across the nation. Switching on to watch Coronation Street will be a different experience. Fans will cry in their hearts and minds at the loss of Vera.  Living rooms will fill with sorrow

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