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Maggie Jones (Blanche) from Corrie has died.

  • 04-12-2009 12:15am
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    Guardian wrote:
    Coronation Street actor Maggie Jones, who played sharp-tongued Blanche Hunt, has died at the age of 75.

    The much-loved star, who first appeared in the show 35 years ago, died this morning in hospital.

    Jones was forced to pull out of filming on the ITV1 soap in October after being admitted to hospital for major surgery.

    The Rada graduate won several comedy awards for playing Blanche, although she only became a regular cast member in 1999, 25 years after her first appearance on the soap.

    The actor also appeared in many well-known TV programmes over the course of her five-decade career, including Z Cars, Heartbeat, Peak Practice, Dalziel and Pascoe.

    A publicist for the show confirmed she had died at the Salford royal hospital.

    The spokeswoman said: "Maggie had been making a slow recovery but her condition deteriorated early Wednesday morning and she passed away peacefully in her sleep."

    Long-standing Coronation Street star William Roache (Ken Barlow) led the tributes to his late colleague.

    He said: "Maggie was a big part of the Barlow family and a brilliant actress. She was a tower of strength, physically frail but mentally strong as an ox and sharp as someone half her age.

    "She had an amazing dry wit and was as funny if not funnier than Blanche. We were great crossword partners, we sat through Tracy's trial scenes doing the crossword together."

    He added: "I don't think Maggie ever realised how much she was loved not only by everyone on the show but by the millions of Blanche fans out there. She will be greatly missed."

    Details of the actor's funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised.

    Jones appeared in more than 830 episodes of Coronation Street.

    Programme bosses wrote her character out of the show to allow her to recover from her illness and producer Kim Crowther had recently spoken of how they were looking forward to her return.

    She made her TV debut on the show in the early 1960s as a policewoman, and later returned as a shoplifter.

    More than a decade later, she was back to play Blanche, the second actress to take the role following the death of Patricia Cutts.