Coronation Street’s Liz Dawn, who played the iconic Vera Duckworth, has died at age 77.
Her family have said they are “devastated and heartbroken,” adding: “She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.”
Her actual name was Sylvia Butterfield, while Elizabeth Dawn was her working name. She started her career as a club singer, before filming a popular advert for Cadbury's cookies. She went on to appear in All Creatures Great and Small, Z-Cars and Open All Hours.
She played the role of Vera Duckworth for an incredible 34 years. She was made an MBE in 2000.
The actress died at home on Monday night, after a long battle with COPD.
She was best known for her role as Corrie’s Vera Duckworth – married to the long-suffering Jack – who was in the soap from 1976 up until 2008. Known for ruffling feathers with the neighbours, the loud-mouthed landlady of The Rovers Return also had a heart of gold, and was popular with viewers.
Jack and Vera had a tumultuous relationship, with arguments that often ended with Vera asking: "Don't you love me anymore, Jack?" Both had temptations outside the marriage, with Jack having an affair with blonde bombshell Bet Lynch and Vera confessing at one point that she wasn't certain their son Terry was definitely Jack's. But throughout their years on the Street, their mutual devotion was always clear.
The pair had three grandsons - Paul, Tommy and Brad, but also acted as surrogate grandparents to the slightly incompetent but extremely sweet Tyrone.
The character died in an armchair aged 70, cuddled by her husband Jack (played by Bill Tarmey) and leaving not a dry eye in the house. She appeared once more, posthumously, for an episode in 2010 when Jack Duckworth died.
As Vera herself would have said: Ta-ra, chuck.