Jean Alexander Dead: Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden Actress Dies, Aged 90

The actress and her character both became household names.

14/10/2016 22:49 | Updated 17 October 2016

Jean Alexander, the actress famous for playing Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden, has died at the age of 90.

Her niece Sonia Hearld has confirmed the sad news, which comes just three days after Jean’s birthday.

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Jean as Hilda 

Speaking to the Mirror, Sonia explains that the soap legend died in her sleep on Friday (14 October), after being taken to hospital on her birthday on Tuesday (11 October).

Sonia, her sister Valeria Thewlis and their father Kenneth Hodgkinson are Jean’s only living relatives, adds the paper. 

Jean played Hilda continuously from 1964 to 1987, and later made a series of one-off appearances as the character in the 1990s.

When her final 1987 scene aired, over 27 million viewers tuned in to say farewell to Hilda, who is still never far from the top of any Best Soap Character polls.

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