She was the sharp-tongued, fast witted Blanche Hunt in Coronation Street who became loved by millions for her role as the Weatherfield pensioner and mother of mainstay Dierdre Barlow. Sadly this morning actress Maggie Jones died.
“Everyone knows someone like Blanche – or if they don’t, they wish they did! We’d all like to be as outspoken as her and have the nerve to say the things she does.”
Maggie first appeared in Coronation Street in 1974 as Blanche, spending three years as a regular before returning for several short stints during the late 70s and 1980s. She didn’t become a regular until ten years ago and in between Corrie work she appeared in many popular productions including TVS’ crime series The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, BBC comedy Goodnight Sweetheart and Granada’s lavish production of Sherlock Holmes.
But it will be the character of Blanche that she’ll be most fondly remembered for. Maggie died in hospital after battling illness since early October.
Emily: I wish I was three again… Blanche: Oh yes, rickets, TB, rationing… Those were the days.
Shelley jilting Charlie at the alter: You are destroying me. You do go with other women. I’ve seen it with my own eyes! And you made me feel it was my fault! You made me feel scared, you made me feel inferior. I can’t trust you! I can’t marry you! …Blanche: Do you think they wrote their own vows?