Betty Driver's retirement reluctance

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

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Betty Driver

Betty Driver

'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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