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Julie Goodyear had "very deep" friendship with Corrie's Bill Tarmey

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear has opened up about her friendship with the late Bill Tarmey.

The 70-year-old actress, who played Bet Lynch in the ITV soap, said her relationship with the Jack Duckworth legend was "very deep".

"We never lost touch. Never. He was very much the family man. His wife Ali was his absolute soulmate," she told the Radio Times.

Celebrity Big Brother 2012 Housemates: Julie Goodyear

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Bill Tarmey aka 'Jack Duckworth'

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"And don't forget that he also had this beautiful singing voice - when he had his This Is Your Life, he sang 'The Wind Beneath My Wings' to Ali and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

"He adored his family and his wife. In fact, it was their golden anniversary this year. So the news of his death is so very sad."

Reflecting on the pair's time together on Corrie, Goodyear recalled calming Tarmey's stage fright during the filming of his first major scenes in 1981.


She explained: "He was terribly nervous and I did something very unprofessional: I had a quiet word with the floor manager and asked him not to announce that we were going for a take.

"I knew, in my heart, that if Bill could get one take under his belt then his confidence would soar. So Bill, thinking it was a rehearsal, was absolutely wonderful.

"And afterwards, his nerves kicked in again and he said, 'Oh Jules. We have to do a take now. I hope I'm half as good as that'.

"And I said, 'Billy, that was a take'. And he threw his arms around me. He never forgot that. Afterwards the nerves went away and he made Jack Duckworth a fantastic character."

Watch a classic interview with Bill Tarmey below:

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