Bill Roache pays tribute to Betty Driver

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 October 2011
Betty Driver

Betty Driver

Bill Roache has paid tribute to his 'Coronation Street' co-star Betty Driver following her sad death on Saturday (15.10.11), saying the actress was like a ''mother'' to him

Bill Roache has paid tribute to his late 'Coronation Street' co-star Betty Driver, saying she was like a mother to him.

The 79-year-old actor was upset by the news the 91-year-old actress - who played barmaid Betty Turpin for 42 years - passed away peacefully on Saturday (15.10.11), and says she'll be missed by the whole cast because she looked out for every single one of them.

Bill - who has played Ken Barlow on the ITV1 soap since 1960 - said: "Betty's death was incredibly sad news - though not entirely unexpected. Betty was a loving, generous, caring person, where humour was never far away. She was an 'Earth mother', always happy and jolly.

"Though she never had any children of her own, it was as if we were all hers. She had so much love to give - and it was such pure love, too."

Betty will be sorely missed by her colleagues, and former star Beverly Callard says she deserves all the tributes she gets.

The actress - who played Liz Macdonald - said: "She was an absolute lady and an amazing actress and such a professional. She was just such a beautiful person. She wanted to give to you all the time."

Following the sad news of her death, scriptwriters will meet today (17.10.11) to discuss plans to honour Betty and come up with a way to write her out.

A source said: "Our scriptwriters will ensure that Betty is written out in the best possible way. All the cast are keen to contribute to show their respect."

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