Liz 'Vera Duckworth' Dawn has passed away

Corrie icon Liz Dawn- aka Vera Duckworth- dies aged 77

Liz Dawn, who played the legendary Vera Duckworth on Coronation Street for more than 30 years, has sadly passed away. "She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing".

'Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her.

Liz Dawn started her carrer in Coronation Street in 1974, playing quick-witted factory worker Vera Duckworth alongside her husband Jack.

"We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague".

"She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend". She danced with Jack before his own death in one of most emotional scenes in the show's long history.

Dawn was diagnosed with emphysema in the early 2000s, and Vera was written out of the show in 2008, dying in her sleep.

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Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

Born Sylvia Butterfield, Dawn was a nightclub singer before beginning an acting career with television commercials and guest appearances.

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In 2000, Dawn was chosen as the Lady Mayoress of Leeds and was awarded an MBE in October of that year for services to charity, having helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for hospitals in the Manchester and Leeds areas.

She enjoyed a cameo role and came out of retirement in 2015 - two years after suffering a heart attack - for ITV soap Emmerdale.

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The sad news was broken by the official Coronation Street twitter account, which simply wrote: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night".

"For many people of my generation, Jack and Vera WERE Coronation street".

'Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person, ' adds executive producer Kieran Roberts.

"It's nice to have a local link to someone like Liz, and it's terribly sad to hear of her passing".

Coronation Street actor Shayne Ward, who plays Aidan Connor, tweeted: "RIP Liz Dawn".


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