ITV staff have paid tribute to Coronation Street Actress Maggie Jones, who played popular battleaxe Blanche Hunt in the long running serial.
“I don’t think Maggie ever realised how much she was loved not only by everyone on the on the show but by the millions of Blanche fans out there. She will be greatly missed.” – William Roache.
ITV announced ‘with sadness’ the news the actress had died:
“Maggie Jones has today passed away aged 75. Maggie, who has played battle-axe pensioner Blanche Hunt since 1974, died at the Salford Royal Hospital where she has been treated since falling ill in October. Maggie had been making a slow recovery but her condition deteriorated early Wednesday morning and she passed away peacefully in her sleep.” said the ITV spokesperson.
Executive Producer of Coronation Street Kieron Roberts adds:
“Maggie was a much-loved colleague and a wonderful actress who turned Blanche into a true Coronation Street icon. She will be hugely missed by Coronation Street’s many millions of viewers and by everyone who works on Coronation Street. Our thoughts and prayers go to Maggie’s sister Joan at this very sad time.”
Her co-star William Roache, who plays son-in-law Ken Barlow, led the tributes to Jones, describing her as a “tower of strength”.
“Maggie was a big part of the Barlow family and a brilliant actress. She was a tower of strength, physically frail but mentally strong as an ox and sharp as someone half her age,” he said.
“She had an amazing dry wit and was as funny if not funnier than Blanche. We were great crossword partners, we sat through Tracy’s trial scenes doing the crossword together.
“I don’t think Maggie ever realised how much she was loved not only by everyone on the on the show but by the millions of Blanche fans out there. She will be greatly missed.”
Maggie first appeared in Coronation Street as a police officer in 1961 before taking on the role of Blanche in 1974. Many other appearances for the RADA trained actress followed including shows such as Heartbeat, Z Cars and Nearest and Dearest.
Katie Threlfall Maggie’s agent told ITV:
“Maggie was a rare treasure; incredibly kind, honest and loved by so many. It has been such a privilege to work with her, and we will miss her dearly.”