Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in the soap for more than 30 years, has died.
Her family said they were “devastated” after the death of the “incredible” 77-year-old.
They added: “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.
They said in a statement: “We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague.
“As Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many. She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend.”
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. She had been in 2004.
Dawn said at the time of her exit from the show that she had a “marvellous” time playing Vera, and it had been “very emotional” filming her final scenes.
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