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TV Tribute to Corrie favourite Jean Alexander

Jean Alexander in a special Christmas picture alongside photo of Stan Ogden Photo: PA

A special TV tribute to the actress Jean Alexander, best known as Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden, is being screened tonight

She played the legendary character from 1964 until 1987, and died in hospital this year three days after her 90th birthday.

Jean Alexander retired from acting in 2012 Credit: PA
The actress pictured with other Coronation Street favourites Credit: PA
Jean Alexander was born in Liverpool Credit: PA

Despite becoming Britain's best-loved cleaner on the ITV soap, known for wearing overalls and her hair in rollers, she made her debut on Coronation Street in 1962 as landlady Mrs Webb.

One of her most memorable scenes in 1984 was when she broke down after receiving her on-screen husband Stan's belongings after his sudden death prompting hundreds of fans to send her condolence cards.

The performance earned her a Royal Television Society Award in 1985 and two years later she received a BAFTA Television nomination for best actress.

But Alexander also brought some quick wit and humour to the role earning her the accolade of 'Greatest Soap Star of all Time' in a 2005 poll by the TV Times.

"Woman Stanley, Woman." - Watch one of Hilda's most memorable scenes

Alexander retired from acting in 2012, two years after her last television appearance, following an acting career which lasted more than 60 years.

Jean Alexander pictured at the wedding of Kevin and Sally Webster Credit: PA
Jean as Hilda Ogden with on screen husband Stan and Ken Barlow Credit: PA
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