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'Coronation Street' stars pay tribute to Betty Driver

By and Daniel Kilkelly
Betty Williams (played by Betty Driver) with a hotpot

© ITV

Coronation Street stars past and present have been paying tribute to Betty Driver today, following news of her death.

The actress, who played Rovers Return barmaid Betty Williams for 42 years, "died peacefully" on Saturday morning after spending the last six weeks in hospital.

Some of the ITV1 show's biggest stars have since released statements and written messages on Twitter remembering the Weatherfield legend, whose character was famous for her hotpot.

Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Stape): "Betty. What a lady. What a life. Wonderful to have known her xx"

Helen Flanagan (Rosie Webster): "Just heard that Betty Driver has died. Absolute legend. She will be so missed x Thoughts are with Mark Hudson who was also very close x"

Andrew Lancel (Frank Foster): "Dear wonderful Betty Driver has died. An extraordinary lady and life. Honoured to have met her and be in her company. A true legend. Xxxxx."

Antony Cotton (Sean Tully): "Today is a very sad day. I am devastated. We've lost our Betty. She was one of the funniest people I've ever met and definitely the kindest. I will miss her so much. Her star shone bright and long. Sweet dreams, Duck."

Charlie Condou (Marcus Dent): "Very sad to hear our wonderful Betty Driver has passed away. A true Corrie legend. She will be missed #ripbetty"

Graeme Hawley (John Stape): "Bless you Betty. A truly beautiful person. #RIPBetty xxxxxxxxxxx"

Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price): "RIP the amazing legend Betty Driver. Xxx"

Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper): "Just adding mine to the chorus of voices saying farewell to our Betty. They don't make em like you anymore. Feel so lucky to have known you."

Vicky Entwistle (Janice Battersby): "I send you a tender kiss & huge cuddle Miss Driver!Amazing talented Lady with an enormous heart. Enjoy your catch up with Freda & Maggie.x"

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald): "I have known Betty since I was 15 years old, we always had a very good relationship. I was fortunate to be one of her friends and I am going to miss her."

Richard Fleeshman (Craig Harris): "So sad to hear about Betty Driver. Such a lovely lady. She will be missed."

Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street scriptwriter): "RIP Betty Driver, Amazing woman, will be missed by so many."

Daran Little (former Coronation Street scriptwriter): "Remembering happy times with Betty Driver. I'll never forget them. A sad day for variety, big band and TV."

Chris Fountain (Tommy Duckworth): "So sad to hear about betty, I didn't work with her for long but what an amazing woman, so friendly, a true legend and pro.. Rest in peace x."

Helen Worth (Gail Platt): "Our dearest Betty was loved by all she met, and will be sadly missed by all the cast and everyone working on the 'Street'. The legacy she leaves is of laughter and love. The Rovers will not be the same without our adorable Betty."

Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald): "Our Betty - the true and constant Queen of The Rovers. The most famous street in the Kingdom will never be the same now you are gone, but those sparkling eyes and cheeky laugh will live with me forever."

Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch): "It was an honour and a privilege to work with Betty Driver for 25 years. We laughed together, we cried together and never once had a cross word. She was a totally professional actress. A true Icon and legend and a very dear friend. The very foundation of 'The Rovers Return'. She will be missed and remembered by millions."

Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor): "Such a sad day. Betty we will miss you so much, a legend and an amazing lady. Loved so much by so many people. God bless xxx.

Julia Haworth (Claire Peacock): "The definition of a remarkable lady. Betty Driver. Enormous talent, enormous fun. Rest in Peace sweetheart x."

Kieran Roberts (Coronation Street's executive producer): "Betty was a wonderful actress and remarkable woman. It is humbling to think that the 42 years she spent on Coronation Street was just half of her extraordinary career, but Coronation Street certainly benefited when she decided to join our show in 1969.

"For more than four decades she delighted many millions of Coronation Street fans with her fantastic performance in countless great stories both dramatic and comic. Betty was always a delight to work with and whilst there is a great sadness at her passing away, Betty will be remembered by everyone on Coronation Street with tremendous admiration and affection."

Bill Roache (Ken Barlow): "I loved Betty dearly, she was not only a colleague, she was a friend and godmother to my son James. She will be missed in the Street but she will be missed moreso as a warm and loving person."

Georgia May Foote (Katy Armstrong): "So sad to hear about betty driver, she was an amazing lady. My thoughts are with her family. She will be sadly missed x."

Sally Lindsay (Shelley Unwin): "Just cried with an old friend on the passing of the wonderful Betty Driver, she taught me more about comedy timing than anyone I've ever met. The world was a better place because she was in it. Goodnight Betty,rest in peace I loved you very,very much.x x"

Samia Smith (Maria Connor): "Such a sad day, I will miss Betty so much and am honoured to have called her my good friend. An amazing lady, loved by all who knew her xx."

Other stars from the land of soap have also paid tribute to Driver:

Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale): "Just heard the sad news about Corrie's Betty. She was very kind to me when I played a small part on the show years ago. A lovely lady. RIP.x"

Ashley Margolis (Ricky Campbell, Hollyoaks): "So sad to hear that Betty driver has died!! Inspirational!! She was 91.. A true legend.. And she made a good hot pot!!"

Sharon Marshall (This Morning soap expert): "So very sad to hear the wonderful Betty Driver has passed away. she was loved by millions. What an amazing lady."

Charley Webb (Debbie Dingle, Emmerdale): "So sad to hear the news about Betty Driver....my thoughts are with her family and everyone at Corrie."

Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy, Emmerdale): "Just heard the news about Betty Driver god bless her may she rest in peace. True legend lost. #RIPBETTYDRIVER :'-(" Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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