Last week, fans saw Hindley make her final appearance as Charlotte Hoyle as the bunny boiler became one of three characters who lost their lives in the show's 50th anniversary week.
Hawley's character John Stape furiously attacked Charlotte with a hammer in a double bill that aired last Monday. He later encouraged her parents to turn off her life support machine after doctors confirmed that she was unlikely to wake up from a coma.
Speaking about Hindley in an interview with PA, Hawley commented: "She has been absolutely fantastic to work with. It's been brilliant. We never knew this storyline would go that way when she first came in to do a couple of episodes with Colin [Fishwick].
"She has made so much out of that part. The whole storyline has been fantastic and one of my most enjoyable times here."
Charlotte had been a thorn in John's side for several months after they both covered up Colin's death, which occurred during a heated bust-up at the Stape household.
Hawley's screen wife Jennie McAlpine (Fiz) and Corrie producer Phil Collinson have also praised Hindley in recent days. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad