Coronation Street actor Mark Eden dies aged 92

Mark Eden with his wife Sue Nicholls. Credit: PA

Coronation Street actor Mark Eden has died at the age of 92, his agent has said.

He was best known for playing Alan Bradley in the ITV soap and is survived by his wife and co-star Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts.

A statement to the PA news agency said: "We are very sad to announce the death of actor Mark Eden.

"He died peacefully, in hospital, earlier today, January 1 2021.

"Mark had been living with Alzheimer's disease for some time, and was hospitalised in November.

"Mark, 92, had a long career spanning more than 50 years, including eight years in Coronation Street as character Alan Bradley.

"He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughter Polly, his stepson Saul, and granddaughter Emma.  We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time."

Born Douglas John Malin, Eden's first screen credit was in 1958 with a role in Quatermass And The Pit.

He later acted in the 1965 film Doctor Zhivago, starring Julie Christie and Omar Sharif, Doctor Who and The Avengers.

He also appeared in London Belongs To Me and Crown Court. His run in Coronation Street ended after his character was killed by a Blackpool tram and Eden later unveiled a plaque at the tram stop where the scene was filmed.

Mark Eden with his wife Sue Nicholls in 1998. Credit: PA

Later in his career he appeared in Doctors and Casualty, with his last screen credit in 2013 in the TV movie An Adventure In Space And Time. 

John Whiston, managing director of continuing drama and head of ITV Studios in the North, paid tribute to Eden.

He said in a statement: "We are all hugely saddened to hear of the death of Mark Eden. The character he played, Alan Bradley, made a real impact in the three years he was in the show, embarking on a reign of terror and clashing with just about every other character in Coronation Street.

"He was a consummate actor and played the role of psychotic villain to a tee, making the character both chilling and credible. The show owes Mark a great deal as he set the template for all the great villains to come, from Hillman and Phelan to our latest baddie, Geoff Metcalfe.

"It's a fantastic dramatic legacy. Our thoughts go out to Sue and their family and friends at this sad time."