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Corrie actress, Jean Alexander, dies aged 90

Corrie actress, Jean Alexander, dies aged 90

Jean Alexander, who has died aged 90, was one of the UK's best loved actresses after appearing in Coronation Street as cleaning lady Hilda Ogden for 23 years.

Jennie McAlpine, best known for her portrayal of character Fiz Brown on the soap, wrote: "Sorry to hear about Jean Alexander".

Sonia Hearld, Alexander's niece paid tribute to her aunt and said she had continued to enjoy a celebrity status long after her stints on the famous cobbled Street and the long-running sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine.

"Jean Alexander was the exact opposite of the character she played", Julie Goodyear, who played the Rovers Return Inn landlady Bet Lynch, said.

DailyMail.com's editor-at-large Piers Morgan described her as "one of the greatest soap stars in British TV history".

Ms Hearld, her sister, and Alexander's brother Kenneth Hodkinson, 91, are the actress's only surviving relatives. She was looking forward to having an afternoon tea to celebrate [her 90th birthday].

Hilda Ogden confronts husband Stan in an early episode of Coronation Street.

Jean never married but instead worked hard on her career before falling ill with her slight stroke in 2014.

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She was also great fun.

Her niece, Sonya Herald, 64, told a national newspaper: "It is such a shock".

Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, lodged with Hilda with his on-screen wife Sally (Sally Dynevor) after arriving in Weatherfield in 1986.

Jean, who played the iconic character for 23 years between 1964 to 1987, was taken to hospital on Tuesday. - Hilda's furious reaction when Stanley smudges her beloved muriel.

"Quite right, Stanley, I wouldn't give them to a working man, but seeing as you don't fall under that category there's no problem is there?"

"So it was decided she would be better off where she would have someone to care for her". Thankful to have met her though.

Eighteen months later Alexander, who was born in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, started her role as Hilda, forming a comedy double act with her on-screen husband, Stan, who was played by Bernard Youens. "That is what the world has lost with her passing".

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