The death of a Corrie legend has been announced – and tributes are pouring in.Jean Alexander, who played Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden and Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 90. She died peacefully in hospital on Friday, her niece said, three days after her 90th birthday.
Alexander portrayed Hilda Ogden, a sharp-tongued, put-upon housewife who was one of Coronation Street’s best known characters, from 1964 to 1987. She appeared as shopkeeper Auntie Wainwright, the “absolute favourite part” of her career, for 22 years.
Sally Dynevor, whose character Sally Webster first appeared in the soap in January 1986 almost two years before Alexander left, wrote: “Jean Alexander, RIP. What a wonderful woman, and such an amazing and talented actress.”
Jennie McAlpine, who has played Fiz Brown since 2001, tweeted: “So sorry to hear about Jean Alexander. I would have loved to work with her. Thankful to have met her though. Rest in Peace Jean x.” And Antony Cotton, who has played Sean Tully since 2003, said Alexander was “magnificent”, adding: “My favourite episode of Coronation Street ever, was Hilda singing ‘Wish Me Luck…”‘