TV’s favourite barmaid who played role for real in Peak

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Betty Driver MBE, who played the role of Rover’s Return barmaid Betty Turpin/Williams in ITV’s Coronation Street, has died at the age 91.

Prior to joining the cast of The Street, Betty ran a pub in Whaley Bridge.

She was one of the Street’s best-known and much-loved actresses, having appeared in more than 2,800 episodes of the long-running soap in a career covering 42 years.

For some years in the 1960s Betty was a real-life landlady in the High Peak as licensee of the Cock Inn at Horwich End, which she ran with her sister Frances.