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DS Icon: Thelma Barlow (Mavis from Corrie)

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Thelma Barlow has lit up TV screens across the nation since 1967. Despite Les Dennis's best efforts to soil our memories, she is still best known for her career-defining role as dithering Mavis Wilton in Coronation Street. Her on-screen partnerships with Derek Wilton (Peter Baldwin) and Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) provided comic relief on the cobbles for 26 years.

After leaving the show in 1997, she went on to land a starring role in Victoria Wood's Dinnerladies and popped up with cameos in Doctors, The Royal and Where The Heart Is. She also made her mark on the big screen in Mrs. Henderson Presents and in the sci-fi world, popping up in Doctor Who episode 'The Lazarus Experiment'.

Digital Spy presents a celebration of Barlow's sparkling career in pictures and heralds her as a DS Icon.

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