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Caroline Aherne: A career in pictures

Following her death at the age of 52 from cancer, we take a look back at Caroline Aherne's career in pictures.

  • The Mrs Merton Show
Caroline Aherne as Mrs Merton. Credit: Duncan Raban / EMPICS Entertainment/PA

Aherne starred as the elderly Mrs Merton in the mock talk show which she was also one of the writers of.

The show ran from 1995 to 1998, and in 2006 poll was voted to have had the second best comic-one liner when Mrs Merton infamously asked Debbie McGee: "So, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"

  • The Fast Show
Caroline Aherne with her Fast Show colleagues. Credit: PA

Between 1994 and 1997 Caroline Aherne wrote for and performed in the BBC comedy series, The Fast Show.

One of Aherne's most memorable characters was meteorologist Poula Fisch, who announced temperatures of 45C everywhere, accompanied by the exclamation of "Scorchio!"

Aherne also played the Checkout Girl in the show.

Aherne as the Checkout Girl. Credit: PA
  • The Royle Family
Caroline Aherne with her Royle Family co-stars, pictured in 2000. Credit: PA

Aherne played the lethargic Denise in The Royal Family, a hit BBC comedy which ran for three series between 1998 and 2000.

  • BAFTAs
Caroline Aherne with her BAFTA for best comedy performance for The Royle Family. Credit: PA

The Mrs Merton Christmas Show won the best talk show Bafta in 1997 while The Royle Family took home the best sitcom award in 2000 and 2007.

Caroline Aherne with her BAFTA award for Best Talk Show for the Mrs Merton Christmas Show in 1997. Credit: PA

Aherne was nominated for Baftas for her performance in both shows, as well as her directing of The Royle Family in 2001.

  • Gogglebox
Gogglebox stars accept the award for Best Factual Programme during the 2015 National Television Awards. Credit: PA

More recently Caroline Aherne was the narrator of Channel 4 hit Gogglebox.

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