Betty Williams' Corrie secret

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 February 2012
Betty Driver

Betty Driver

'Coronation Street' writers are to reveal Rovers Return legend Betty Williams took a "secret" to her grave

'Coronation Street' writers are to reveal Betty Williams took a "secret" to her grave.

A special tribute episode to the legendary character - played by late actress Betty Driver for 42 years - will see the barmaid's friends and family gather on the cobbles to mourn her and remember her life in Weatherfield before a closely guarded secret is revealed to them all.

'Corrie' boss Phil Collinson told Inside Soap magazine: "We'll be paying tribute to her, but there'll also be the revelation of something she's kept hidden.

"I can't tell you what that is yet, but it's a secret that Betty has taken to the grave. And I can promise you that fans will be very surprised!

"There's no love child or anything like that. The secret has something to do with the history of the Street."

The character was written out of the ITV1 soap after 91-year-old actress Betty passed away in October, and a whole host of past and present 'Coronation Street' stars turned out to pay tribute to the soap legend at her funeral.

Helen Worth - who plays Gail McIntyre in 'Corrie' - led a series of emotional tributes to the late star, paying reference to her alter-ego's infamous hotpot dish.

She said: "The world was a more comfortable place with Our Betty cooking a hotpot. 'Corrie' was her family. I know I speak for the whole cast, crew, production, everyone. The Rovers will not be the same without her.

"Her last words to me, when she was so ill and it was such an effort for her to speak, were, 'I want you to be happy'."

Betty's funeral scenes will be screened in April.

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