Betty Driver's retirement reluctance

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 September 2010
Betty Driver

Betty Driver

'Coronation Street' star Betty Driver has admitted she would ''die of boredom'' within six months if she were to retire from the ITV1 soap

'Coronation Street' actress Betty Driver would "die of boredom" if she retired.

The 90-year-old star - who joined the cast of the ITV1 soap in 1969 - revealed she loves working and thinks playing the part of Betty Williams helps her to maintain her youthful outlook on life.

She explained: "If I retire, I'll be dead in six months with boredom. I love working. I can't retire, I won't retire - I never ever will. I don't believe in it. I think you're foolish if you give up a job you love.

"I've got a lot of friends who've got to 65 and said, 'Right, well we've done our bit now, we'll pack it in'. And I've watched them grow old - you can see them suddenly getting old. You mustn't do that. It's working so hard that keeps me young."

The TV legend - who has been learning a living through acting since the age of 11 - admitted she won't even let health problems get in the way of her 'Coronation Street' career.

She added to The Mirror newspaper: "I won't give in. I've had operations for two new knees earlier this year and just a few months ago I had pneumonia. Even though I was ill, I always knew I'd come back to the Street.

"We all have terrible times at some time or other, but I tell all my friends - you mustn't give in. You've got to have an enthusiasm for life. When I was young, I didn't even think I'd be alive at 90, let along working."

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