Barbara Knox

Occupation: Actor

Nationality: British

Born: September 30, 1933 (82)

Barbara Knox is known to soap lovers and critics alike as the iconic Coronation Street character Rita Sullivan. After a one-off appearance on the show in 1964 as an exotic dancer, Knox's character made a triumphant return in 1972 and has remained a prominent figure on the Weatherfield cobbles ever since. Perhaps her most notable storyline occurred back in 1989, when 27 million viewers tuned in to see her stalker Alan Bradley suffer a tram-related death during a chase through the streets of Blackpool. In 2004, Knox received a Lifetime Achievement British Soap Award, and was made an MBE in the 2010 Queen's birthday honours list.
New pictures emerge of Rita and Dennis's Coronation Street wedding. Corrie Rita wedding outcome revealed? The cast were spotted filming in a Manchester church today. Corrie Rita's wedding - in pictures Betty's funeral day arrives in Coronation Street tonight. POTD: Corrie send-off for Betty Williams Gordon announces that Betty has passed away in Corrie tonight. POTD: Corrie's Gordon shares sad news Bill Kenwright chats about reprising his role as Corrie's Gordon Clegg. Corrie: Bill Kenwright talks show return Corrie reveals details of Rita and Dennis's upcoming summer wedding. Corrie Rita wedding drama revealed A Coronation Street pair could tie the knot this summer, reports claim. Corrie planning summer wedding plot? Robert Vaughn is to use Betty Driver's old dressing room at Corrie. Corrie newcomer lands Betty Driver room Corrie's producer Phil Collinson wants Rita to tie the knot again. Corrie boss wants Rita wedding plot Coronation Street chiefs are thought to be lining up cheery Christmas scenes. Corrie's Christmas plans revealed? Philip Lowrie ponders his future as Coronation Street's Dennis Tanner. Corrie's Dennis hopes to stay on show Up to 14 Coronation Street characters are rumoured to find love over the summer. 'Coronation Street' for summer of love Coronation Street actor Philip Lowrie hints at a romantic interest for his character Dennis. Corrie star hints at Dennis and Rita romance Rita and Emily may compete for a man in a future Coronation Street plot, reports say. Corrie veterans tipped for love war plot Vicky Entwistle recalls her 14 years on the set of Corrie, including being shouted at by Barbara Knox. Entwistle recalls memorable Corrie moments Coronation Street kept most of its audience from Thursday's live special on Friday night. Rita's Corrie cries heard by 12.3m Corrie features more plot twists as its 50th anniversary week comes to an end. More twists as Corrie 50th week concludes The actor seen as the driver of the doomed Coronation Street tram admits fearing viewer reaction. Corrie tram driver 'fears backlash' Barbara Knox reveals that she instructed the Queen to watch Coronation Street's 50th anniversary episode. Knox told Queen to watch Corrie 50th Corrie stars Barbara Knox and Eileen Derbyshire have been made MBEs by the Queen today. Knox, Derbyshire receive MBE honours Malcolm Hebden admits that he hasn't dared to ask whether Norris will be killed off in Corrie. Malcolm Hebden unsure over Corrie future Audrey tries to get the salon back on track in tonight's screening of Coronation Street. POTD: Audrey returns to work in Corrie Kym Marsh says that she is pleased about Antony Cotton's new Coronation Street deal. Kym Marsh: 'I'm glad Cotton is staying' Barbara Knox says that she is "shocked" to be recognised with an MBE for her services to acting. Knox "shocked" to be honoured by Queen Catherine Zeta-Jones becomes one of many entertainers to be appointed a CBE. Zeta-Jones leads Queen's birthday honours Audrey slaps Rita as the pair rake over old ground during tonight's episodes of Corrie. POTD: Audrey slaps Rita in Corrie Corrie's Lewis Archer plot spills over into real-life magazine The Lady. Magazine crossover for Corrie's Lewis Christian and Zainab come to blows in 'Enders, Audrey doles out a slap in Corrie and two 'Oaks characters try to escape village life. 'Enders paint wars and Audrey slaps Rita DS takes an in-pictures look at The Duchess of Cornwall's visit to Coronation Street. In Pictures: The Duchess of Cornwall visits Corrie Fresh pics of Coronation Street legend Barbara Knox returning to regular filming with the long-running soap. Location Pics: Corrie's Rita returns to filming Coronation Street legend Rita Sullivan is to appear in a love triangle plotline. Love triangle plot for Corrie's Rita Barbara Knox is reportedly being written out of Weatherfield for six weeks due to health reasons. Corrie veteran Knox 'takes sick leave' Corrie veteran Barbara Knox has no plans to leave the soap, despite tabloid reports. Rita's not really leaving 'Coronation Street' Amanda Holden confirms that she is still hoping to land a role in Coronation Street. Amanda Holden still keen for Corrie role Click to hear Michelle Keegan's thoughts on her mum and dad, the Windasses, working in the Kabin, and what's to come. Corrie's Tina on screen family and Windasses Coronation Street bosses reassure fans that the show's golden oldies will remain in Weatherfield. Corrie bosses deny 'oldies axe' A group of veteran Corrie stars are reportedly expecting massive pay cuts. More Corrie stars face large salary cuts Coronation Street boss Kim Crowther isn't planning to dispense with the show's older stars. Corrie's older stars avoid the chop Alexandra Boyd says she expects "feathers to fly" when she joins Coronation Street. New Corrie star expects "feathers to fly"