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'Coronation Street' Paula Lane: 'Betty send-off scenes were tough'

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Coronation Street star Paula Lane has admitted that she found it tough to film Kylie Platt's reaction to Betty Williams's death.

This week's Coronation Street episodes have seen the local residents left saddened by the news that Betty has passed away. Kylie, however, has shown that she isn't affected by the loss of the long-serving Rovers barmaid.

Paula Lane as Kylie Turner

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Betty Driver In Pictures

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In real life, Betty Driver - who played Betty for 42 years - died in October 2011 following a period of ill health. Coincidentally, Kylie and husband David (Jack P Shepherd) were the two characters who shared her final scene last summer.

Lane told Daybreak of filming Betty's send-off episodes: "It was really sad. That's been building for a while, because Betty died a little while back now. So it was very sad, and of course I've got to play Kylie at the same time as the type of character who didn't really care.

"That was very tough for me personally. Betty was an inspiration and she's left such a legacy on the street, so she'll always be remembered. You only have to look at that bar and you think about her instantly."

Silence descends upon Coronation Street as Betty's funeral cortege departs and the residents look on

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Silence descends upon Coronation Street as Betty's funeral cortege departs and the residents look on

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Lane is currently training for the London Marathon, which she is running in aid of Henshaws Society for Blind People. The 26-year-old became inspired to help the charity after meeting a young boy named Oscar, who was born blind.

She explained: "Oscar is 3 years old and I first met him when I got involved with the charity. He's the youngest toddler in the UK to use a cane and I got involved to raise awareness, because people thought that it was a toy and that he wasn't moving out of the way. Something really hit me and I thought, 'I really do need to raise more awareness of this and get the charity out there'.

"I remember a really gruelling run that I did - it was the first time that I covered about 12 miles. I finished on a hill up near my mum's house, and it was absolutely awful! But all I could think about was Oscar, and it got me up that hill."

Lane has been appearing on screen as Kylie since August 2010.

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