Hilda Ogden actress passed away three days after her 90th birthday

Former Coronation Street actress Jean Alexander has died at the age of 90.

Alexander played one of the Manchester soap’s best-loved characters, put-upon cleaning lady Hilda Ogden, from 1964 to 1987. During her final year in the role, she received a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Actress, becoming the first soap performer ever to be recognised by BAFTA.

Alexander, who was voted the Greatest Soap Opera Star of All Time in a 2005 TV Times poll, later appeared as money-grabbing junk shop owner Auntie Wainwright in BBC sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine from 1988 to 2010. She announced her retirement in 2012, two years after her final TV appearance.

She passed away in hospital yesterday (October 14), three days after celebrating her 90th birthday. Sharing the sad news with The Guardian, Alexander’s niece Sonia Hearld said of the enduringly popular actress: “People used to stop her just to say hello and how much they missed her. She was always very good to her fans – she said ‘they put me where I am’.”

Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, who appeared alongside Alexander on the soap, paid tribute to her late co-star on Twitter last night, writing: “What a wonderful woman, and such an amazing and talented actress.”