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Monday, 30 October, 2000, 17:51 GMT
Street veteran 'Maud' dies
Coronation Street
Elizabeth Bradley (right) played "battle-axe" Maud for six years
Former Coronation Street actress Elizabeth Bradley, who played "battle-axe" Maud Grimes, has died aged 78.

She died after suffering a stroke on Thursday while on holiday in the South of France with her son.

She was taken to the Princess Grace Hospital in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where she slipped into a coma.


She was a lovely lady and great fun to work with - on screen our characters couldn't stand the sight of each other, but off screen I loved her dearly

Ken Morley, who played Reg Holdsworth

Bradley was a popular member of the hit ITV soap for six years.

She joined the programme in 1993 to play "battle-axe" Maud - who was confined to a wheelchair - mother of Maureen Holdsworth and mother-in-law of Reg Holdsworth.

During her time on the soap, Bradley became a permanent fixture in Coronation Street's corner grocery shop, working alongside her daughter Maureen.

As Maud, Bradley was outspoken, opinionated and bad-tempered - regularly making her downtrodden daughter and son-in-law the target of her overbearing nature.

However in real-life, Bradley was known to her fellow Street cast members as gentle, kind and good-natured.

Varied career

Stars of the soap paid tribute to the actress. Sherrie Hewson, who played her screen daughter Maureen, and has since left the show, said Bradley's death was "a terrible shock".

She added: "We were so close, like mother and daughter. I spoke to her only a couple of weeks ago and she was so full of life and plans for the future."

Ken Morley - who played Reg Holdsworth and for whom Maud Grimes became the "mother-in-law from hell" - was also full of praise for his former co-star.

"She was a lovely lady and great fun to work with. On screen our characters couldn't stand the sight of each other, but off screen I loved her dearly," said the actor, who has also left the soap.

Bradley, who was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, appeared in 476 episodes of Coronation Street. But, before that, she had also enjoyed a long film, TV and stage career.

On TV, she had appeared in Shine on Harvey Moon, The Bill, London's Burning, Casualty, Juliet Bravo and Tales of the Unexpected.

Her film career included parts in comic horror movie An American Werewolf in London and Brimstone and Treacle.

She was married for 28 years to Garth Adams, who died 22 years ago. After his death, she threw herself into her work "to ease the pain".

Her husband had also said he believed his wife would make it to the top and become famous.

Besides her high-profile role in Coronation Street, Bradley won an Olivier Award nomination for best supporting actress for a National Theatre role in Billy Liar.

Most recently, she acted with Dame Maggie Smith in the acclaimed West End production of Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van.

The actress is survived by her three children Bradley, Johanna and Sodge.

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