Coronation Street's Betty Driver dies

'Coronation Street' legend Betty Driver has died, six weeks after she was admitted to hospital

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Betty Driver

Betty Driver

'Coronation Street' actress Betty Driver has died.

The 91-year-old veteran star - who played hotpot-loving Betty Williams in the ITV1 soap - "died peacefully in hospital" early this morning (15.10.11) after being admitted six weeks ago.

An ITV spokesman said: "She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her."

Betty's co-stars rushed to pay tribute to her today with Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Sullivan saying: "I have lost a very dear friend and the Street has lost a very great character, a professional to her fingertips - she will be greatly missed."

Julie Goodyear, who starred as 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."

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) added: "I have known Betty since I was 15 years old, we always had a very good relationship and I was fortunate to be one of her friends and I am going to miss her."

'Coronation Street' executive producer Kieran Roberts said: "Betty was a wonderful actress and remarkable woman.

"It is humbling to think that the 42 years she spent on 'Coronation Street' was just half of her extraordinary career but 'Coronation Street' certainly benefited when she decided to join our show in 1969.

"For more than four decades she delighted many millions of 'Coronation Street' fans with her fantastic performance in countless great stories both dramatic and comic.

"Betty was always a delight to work with and whilst there is a great sadness at her passing away Betty will be remembered by everyone on 'Coronation Street' with tremendous admiration and affection."

Betty had originally auditioned for the role of Hilda Ogden in 1964 after a 36-year-career in radio, television and the stage but eventually won the role of the Rovers Return barmaid, and recently revealed she dreaded the thought of retiring and wanted to die on the cobbles.

She said: "I love working on the Street because everyone on it is like my family. I don't want to leave at all - I want to die on set."

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