Liz Dawn, the Coronation Street actress who played Vera Duckworth in the soap for more than 30 years, has died.
Liz Dawn, was an English actress, best known for her role as Vera Duckworth in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street. First starting on the serial in 1974, she had a recurring role as a factory worker until her husband, Jack, (played by Bill Tarmey) first appeared in 1979. She played the character of Vera for 34 years. For her role in the soap, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 British Soap Awards. She was appointed an MBE in the 2000 Queens Birthday Honours.
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:
“On behalf of the city of Leeds we are very saddened to hear of the passing of Liz Dawn. Liz was one of Britain’s best-loved actresses and was very proud of her Leeds and Yorkshire roots, being a tremendous ambassador for the city and carrying out tireless work for charity. Her breast cancer charity raised more than a million pounds which funded a specialist cancer unit at St James’s Hospital, which has helped the lives of countless people in the city.
“Her MBE for services to charity in 2000 was richly deserved, the same year she served as Lady Mayoress of Leeds representing her home city alongside her great friend Bernard Atha, a role which she described as an honour. She will be very fondly remembered, much-missed, and our thoughts at this time are with her family and friends.”