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The British entertainment industry is today mourning the loss of one of its most popular soap stars following the death of Liz Dawn.

The actress, who played Vera Duckworth for 34 years on Coronation Street, last night lost her battle with emphysema – a lung condition she suffered from for several years.

The soap confirmed the star's passing on Twitter moments ago, writing: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night."

Paying tribute to the iconic actress, the team behind the long-running soap wrote: "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."

Coronation Street producer, Keiran Roberts, conveyed the esteem within which Liz was held, writing: "Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person."

"Everyone lucky enough to have worked with Liz during her thirty-four years playing Corrie icon Vera Duckworth will remember her with huge affection."

The star's family also issued a statement, saying: "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."

Social media users have taken to Twitter to celebrate the life of the star.



Congratuations are in order for Sam Aston – he's engaged!

The actor, better known to us as Chesney, popped the question to his girlfriend of five years over the weekend.

While at a golf do on Sunday, Sam bent down on one knee in front of 250 people and asked his partner, Briony Gardner to marry him.

Sam shared the wonderful news with his fans on Instagram.


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He captioned the romantic shot with: "Me and my beautiful bride to be…"

Meanwhile, Briony also shared the same picture with her followers and revealed the details of Sam's proposal.

"After sharing over 5 years together, 4 Al, Andy and Sam golf days and 3 doggies, 2 hearts have now become 1 as Sam and I are…ENGAGED!! (How is it possible I can even say that out loud?!)," she captioned the image.

"Sam got down on one knee last night at his annual golf do and proposed in front of 250 people and my heart could burst with happiness!! (When did I get so lucky?!)," she continued.

"I can’t wait to marry my whole world but until then, I’m just floating in this bliss called love. I love you @samaston93."

We're only delighted for them.


Shayne Ward, who rose to fame on the X Factor before securing himself a role on Britain's longest-running soap, has been left mortified this week after a tape featuring him in a compromising position surfaced online.

The footage, which reportedly shows Shayne enjoying… ahem… a solo endeavour, was recorded in 2014 before Shayne started a relationship with current girlfriend Sophie Austin.


Enjoying the mocktails @hotelgotham

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Commenting on the nature of the video, a source close to the star said: "This video is years old. Shayne was single at the time and it happened when he was on tour with War of the Worlds."

Despite this, it's understood Shayne is mortified by the tape, with the insider adding: "He’s so embarrassed this has happened."

"The conversation between him and the supposed woman have left him hugely red faced," they continued. "He can’t believe anyone would do this."


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Weighing in on the controversy, a Twitter account known as Celebrity Busted have insisted they were not responsible for the leak.

"I DID not release, nor did I have any attention to release any content of them. The videos were hacked from our Dropbox account," the tweet read. (sic)

Responding to allegations they circulated the footage, they wrote: "I wish you would get your fact right. We did not release the tape. We were hacked and content was STOLEN and then sold."

Shayne is currently expecting his first child with Sophie.


It's been confirmed that Helen Flanagan is returning to Coronation Street.

It's been five years since Rosie Webster left Weatherfield and we're sure she's going to come back with a bang.

The actress is set to begin filming at the end of the year.

Speaking to The Mirror, the 26-year-old said: “I'm so excited to be returning to Coronation Street and being part of the Webster family again.”

Coronation Street Producer Kate Oates said: “The Websters have missed Rosie and so have we. With Sophie away on holiday with her sister it seemed like the ideal time to bring Rosie back home with her for a visit.

"We are delighted that Helen is as keen explore what Rosie has been up to away from the cobbles as we are.”

Helen will appear back on our screens in February 2017.


Marc Anwar has been fired from Coronation Street after sending a series of racially offensive tweets.

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Marc allegedly sent out tweets from his private Twitter account, that hit out at India and called for Pakistani actors to stop working in the country.

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ITV released a statement regarding the tweets: "We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar."

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"We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect."

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Marc's character in Coronation Street is in the middle of an important plot in the show.

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The writers will have an interesting time dealing with the character's exit from the show. 


If you're a die-hard Corrie fan, you'll have seen some things in your day.

From Sarah Louise's pregnancy at 13 and Richard Hillman's killing spree to that infamous tram crash and hostage situation, Coronation Street viewers are made of stern stuff when it comes to their soap storylines.

Or are they?

While they may be able to handle all of the above, it seems they struggle when it comes to a simple hook-up scene between two of the show's male characters.

"Homosexual scenes in #Corrie tonight were sickening. Most now tolerate this practice but we don’t need it rammed down our throats," wrote one member of the public.

Stunned that producers would give the go-ahead for a kissing scene between Billy Mayhew and Todd Grimshaw, viewers took to Twitter in the droves – and Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy, is furious.

Using the same medium as his critics, he tweeted: "Had many angry tweets saying "I'm disgusted my kids saw men kiss on tv"

"I'm disgusted they left it up tv to teach their kids how love works," the actor added in a post which has been liked thousands of times.

Thankfully, it looks like Daniel's outrage hasn't been in vain and he has since returned to Twitter to thank social media users for their support.

"Thanks for ur AMAZING messages! Let's not hate on the homophobes," he wrote before adding: "We're bigger than that. Hate breeds more hate. They need love & education."

Paying tribute to the actor today, one follower replied: "I'm bursting with pride for the way you handle all of that, thank you for being a good egg."


After 56 years on the box, Coronation Street is, undoubtedly, an institution in the UK and Ireland.

And yet despite their decades of experience, bosses behind the Manchester soap still find themselves on the wrong side of the public from time to time.

Case in point: Monday's episode of the long-running soap.

During a scene in the street's salon Eva Price, played by Catherine Tyldesley, made reference to an enslaved character from novel and TV mini-series Roots, saying: "I've got more roots than Kunta Kinte."

"No idea who that is, by the way, just something my mum used to say," the character added.

Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to express their disgust that Kunta Kinte – a young man taken from Gambia and sold as a slave –  was the subject of such a throwaway remark.

"So what’s up with the cultural insensitivity on Coronation Street? ‘I got more Roots than Kunta Kinte’ That’s kinda racist," wrote one while another added: "Really Coronation Street? I think you need to have a word with the scriptwriter!"

In addition to voicing their opinions on Twitter, almost 300 people reported the scene to television watchdog Ofcom who said: "We will assess these complaints before we decide whether to investigate or not."

Acknowledging the public's distaste for the scene, a spokeswoman for the soap said: "We apologise if this dialogue has caused offence."


It's the hotly-anticipated new BBC drama – and it's arriving on small screens next month.

Yes, Our Girl has given Michelle Keegan one of her biggest roles since she left Coronation Street two years ago. 

Now the first image of the 29-year-old actress in character has been released… and we have to say we LOVE it.


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Dressed in military attire, the Manchester-native plays Georgie Lane in a lead role.

She filmed the series in South Africa at the beginning of this year – a schedule which meant she was forced to spent several weeks at a time away from her husband of one-year, reality TV show star Mark Wright, 29.

The series will first air on BBC on Wednesday, September 7.


Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward has announced that he and Hollyoaks actress Sophie Austin are expecting their first child together.

Coronation Street actor Shayne took to Twitter last night to confirm that he is about to become a father for the first time.

He wrote: "After much speculation I am overjoyed to announce that @sophieaustin1 and I are expecting our first child #blessed."



According to The Daily Mail, Sophie and Shane began dating in March – just months after she ended her short marriage with Graeme Rooney. 

The parents-to-be went public with their relationship last month.


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After spending years on the cobbles playing Coronations Street’s Rosie Webster, it looks like Helen Flanagan is now enjoying her favourite role yet; mum to her daughter Matilda.

The 25-year-old has been speaking about how her life has changed since becoming a mum to her one-year-old.

Appearing on Loose Women on Wednesday, Helen was asked about her family life and how it’s impacted her life.

“I was lost before I was a mum.

“My life has changed massively. But completely for the better. I’m in my element being a mum.”


Happy 1st Birthday to our beautiful baby girl Matilda @scotty__sinclair9 xxx

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Helen faced her fair-share of backlash over the years especially during her time on I’m A Celebrity but it seems motherhood has helped her overcome the scrutiny and focus on what is important.

She has made me so much happier. It changes your priorities and you realise what's important but I am completely besotted with her.

“It is really full on but you don't realise how much until you actually become a mother yourself.”


My baby girl and I in our matching @charlotte_olympia shoes on @loosewomen today xxx

A photo posted by Helen Flanagan (@hjgflanagan) on

And like most celebrity mums, the public have also been quick to judge Helen for her parenting choices including her decision to co-sleep with her daughter.

“We did do that but we have a different routine now. We've got our bed back

“It wasn't something that we planned to do but when she was four or five months old, I was breastfeeding her and she ended up in bed with us.

“I would never want to promote sleeping with a newborn as it's dangerous. I felt guilty when I read about it. It's only when they are old enough or strong enough.”


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Matilda is Helen’s first child with boyfriend, Aston Villa player, Scott Sinclair but it sounds like she won’t be the last.

“We had talked about trying for a baby last Christmas – and then we said when she's two and now we're saying when she's three, so we’ll see.”


You know how awkward it is to call someone by the wrong name? Well imagine doing something very similar, but on a much grander scale.

Done it? OK, you're now a lot closer to imagining the face-palming that went on in RTÉ offices yesterday afternoon when Coronation Street star, Jane Danson, pulled their publication up on an error.

After interviewing the popular actress for the RTÉ Guide, they took to Twitter to share the good news with followers, and majorly effed-up in the process – something which didn't go unnoticed by the star herself.

"We chat to@bbceastenders star @RealJaneDanson as she tells us what's in store when Leanne Battersy announces her pregnancy," they wrote in the now infamous post.

Copping their mistake, Jane responded, writing: "Erm I think you mean Coronation Street! I mean I have only been there 20 years!!"

She then went on to retweet the Guide's post on her own page, joking: "They had one job."

With people ripping it out of the Guide online, they quickly responded to Jane writing: "@RealJaneDanson oops!!! Sorry! Gonna blame baby brain for that! D'oh!"

Oh, the humanity.


Corrie fans, get ready to see a whole lot more of the street's stars!

The adored soap has just announced it will be broadcasting one more episode each week – that brings it up to six episodes every week.

The drama already graces our screens twice on Monday and Friday, and again on a Wednesday.

Coming in 2017, ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said the soap is "high-quality" and has a "hugely loyal audience."

"The soaps are the cornerstone of the ITV schedule, and Coronation Street continues to produce some of the finest drama and comedy on television. It is a hugely important part of what has defined ITV throughout its history, and I want it to continue to be right at the heart of what ITV defines in years to come."