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Coronation Street stars pay tribute to Vera Duckworth actress Liz Dawn

Stars from Coronation Street have paid tribute to actress Liz Dawn, best known for portraying Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap, who has died at the age of 77.

Her family confirmed she passed away "peacefully" on Monday night "with her loving family around her".

In a statement they said: "We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn.

"Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her.

"She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.

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Liz Dawn with the late Bill Tarmey as Vera and Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street (Granada TV/PA)

Following news of her death, Coronation Street bosses said: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night. Her family at Coronation Street are heartbroken.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy at this very sad time to Liz’s devoted husband Don, her loving children Graham, Dawn, Ann and Julie, their families and her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

"We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague. As Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many. She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend."

Liz played the formidable Vera Duckworth from 1974 until 2008.

Fans of the soap enjoyed her on screen role alongside actor Bill Tarmey, who played Vera's husband Jack Duckworth.

Past and present stars of the soap have been paying tribute to the actress.

Antony Cotton – the soap’s Sean Tully – wrote on Twitter: “I’m devastated. Liz was a wonderful actress, a fascinating storyteller, a hilarious comedian and most importantly a brilliant friend.

“For many people of my generation, Jack and Vera WERE Coronation Street.”

Actor Kevin Kennedy, who played Corrie character Curly Watts for around 20 years, said he can only smile when he thinks of the actress.

He told ITV’s This Morning: “It’s very sad. We are a big family. I was thinking about what to say about Liz. My thoughts go out to Don and her family. When I think about Liz, I always have a smile on my face. What an amazing legacy. That’s what we’ve got to be thinking about today – her wonderfulness and a very funny actress.

“She took all the youngsters (on the show) under her wing. She was a lot cleverer than people thought she was, in regards to acting. She was brilliant. She was very humble in that respect. I used to live very close to her and she was always inviting us round to the house. We used to have a laugh. She was the one you could go to for advice.”

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Stars of Coronation Street (from the left) Bill Tarmey, Liz Dawn, Daryl Edwards, Sean Wilson, Helen Worth, Lyndsay King and Thomas Ormson. (Dave Kendall/PA Wire)

Meanwhile, the cast of Emmerdale - ITV's other popular soap - have also been paying their respects.

Former Corrie star Chris Bisson, who now appears in the Yorkshire-based drama, wrote: “Very sad to hear the news that Liz Dawn has passed away. A wonderful person, amazing actress and total LEGEND! Keep smiling down on us Liz.”

Dales actor Danny Miller wrote: “Devastated to hear about the passing of Liz Dawn. A beautiful soul. Inside and out. Rest in peace.”

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