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Coronation Street stars pay tribute to Maggie Jones

The Barlow family

Coronation Street will never be the same again without Weatherfield's favourite battleaxe pounding the cobbles.

As fans recover from the news that Maggie Jones - the actress who played Blanche Hunt - has died, the cast and crew pay tribute to the late star.

ACTOR WILLIAM ROACH (KEN BARLOW)

She was a tower of strength, physically frail but mentally strong as an ox and sharp as someone half her age.

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 show but by the millions of Blanche fans out there. She will be greatly missed.

ACTRESS KATHERINE KELLY (BECKY McDONALD)

Our Maggie is irreplaceable, No words can truly describe how fabulous she was. I feel blessed to have known her.

ACTOR ANTHONY COTTON (SEAN TULLY)

I am absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Maggie. I will remember her as a friend and a colleague - a brilliant woman - smart, honest and laugh-out-loud funny.

But I will also remember her as the public will - as the unstoppable Blanche Hunt.

Sharper than a Velociraptor with a flick knife, she always said just what you wanted to hear.

In Coronation Street, with the bright lights of Weatherfield all competing to illuminate the Rovers Return, there was Maggie as Blanche - a laser beam.

We'll miss you kid.

ACTRESS JANE DANSON (LEANNE BATTERSBY)

We all feel so very sad but we know Maggie will be at peace with her beloved Joe.

Working in the Barlows will never be the same without Blanche. We loved her so much.

ACTRESS BEVERLEY CALLARD (LIZ McDONALD)

She was a great actress and a great lady. A woman of such strength.

It was an honour to be on set with her. We will all miss her so much.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PRODUCER KIERAN ROBERTS

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.

AGENT KATIE THREFALL

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.



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