Jean Alexander: An actress who won the nation's hearts
Jean Alexander, who has died aged 90, was one of the UK’s best loved actresses after appearing in Coronation Street as cleaning lady Hilda Ogden for 23 years.
Born Jean Hodgkinson, in Toxteth in 1926, she yearned to be an actress but worked for five years as a library assistant in Liverpool before beginning her acting career in 1949 at the Adelphi Guild Theatre in Macclesfield.
She later worked in rep in Oldham, Stockport and York as an actress, wardrobe mistress and stage manager.
Her television debut was in police series Z-Cars and she first appeared in Coronation Street in 1962 as... read more
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