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Battleaxe Blanche voted favourite ever Coronation Street character

Sharp-tongued Blanche Hunt has beaten Corrie legends such as Hilda Ogden and Elsie Tanner to be named Coronation Street's best-loved character of all-time.

The battleaxe, who was written out of the show this year following the real-life death of actress Maggie Jones a year ago, topped the Inside Soap poll.

Ogden (played by Jean Alexander) came second, while Vera Duckworth (Liz Dawn) — who recently made a brief return to the show as a ghost — came third.

Blanche was chosen by almost a third of the 1,000 readers who took part in the survey.

Raven-haired beauty Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) was named sexiest female Corrie star of all-time.

Hottest male star was Liam Connor (played by Rob James Collier), who polled more than a third of the votes.

Soap fans were asked to name their favourite characters and scenes from the show.

Coronation Street celebrates its 50th anniversary next week.

Readers picked Bet Lynch (Julie Goodyear) as the best barmaid of the Rovers Return.

And the ever popular duo Jack and Vera Duckworth (Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn) were named favourite couple.

Steven Murphy, editor of Inside Soap magazine, said: “Our survey shows the overwhelming affection people have for Coronation Street, with many claiming they know the characters on the street even better than their own neighbours.”

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