16 Oct '11, 9am

Veteran British soap opera actress Betty Driver dies

Veteran British soap opera actress Betty Driver dies

Betty Driver, a much-loved actress who starred for 42 years in Britain's longest-running television soap opera Coronation Street, died on Saturday at the age of 91. -- PHOTO: INTERNET MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Betty Driver, a much-loved actress who starred for 42 years in Britain's longest-running television soap opera Coronation Street, died on Saturday at the age of 91. Driver, who played Betty Turpin, a barmaid at the Rovers Return Inn, appeared in more than 2,800 episodes of the serial made in Manchester and set in a fictional neighbourhood in the north-west English city. The actress, who had been in hospital for six weeks, first began performing professionally aged eight and had vowed never to retire. 'It is humbling to think that the 42 years she spent on Coronation Street was just half of her extraordinary career,' said the show's executive producer Kieran ...

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