Betty Driver tribute

October 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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This weekend Betty Driver, the actress who famously played Betty Turpin in Coronation Street died aged 91.

Betty spent the last 40 years behind the bar at the Rovers Return where her ‘Hot Pot’ became iconic. As the longest serving character on the countries most loved soap, Betty will be greatly missed by her family, friends and viewers alike; a character and actress who is truly irreplaceable.

Betty Driver

Upon reading more about the life of Betty Driver I was intrigued to read about her early career in show business. Pushed into a singing career by her mother, Betty spent much of her childhood in shows often emulating Gracie Field.

A young Betty went on to further her career as she appearing in film roles and more stage shows where she both sang and danced. Betty then went on to release a number of records and frequently sang to the forces during the Second World War.

Upon her continuing success Betty, who was still a young woman, only in her early 20’s suffered a breakdown and would often freeze whilst on stage. Eventually her voice deteriorated and she gave up on a career in show business. Going on to travel and then run several pubs with her family.

young betty driver

Eventually Betty returned to acting auditioning for the part of Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street in 1964. She was unsuccessful and the part went to Jean Alexander who she later worked with on the show when in 1969 Betty Driver was offer the role of Betty Turpin making her debut on 2nd June 1969.

Betty made history becoming the longest serving character on the show, appearing in a stupendous 2800 episodes of Coronation Street. For many ‘Hot Pot’ will forever be the dish of Betty Turpin, however in real life Betty Driver wasn’t a cook and had never even tasted Hot Pot being a vegetarian.

A wonderful life and fantastic career topped off with an MBE in 2000. Reading the many tributes from Betty’s Coronation Street colleagues and other viewers it’s wonderful to see what a wonderful influence her presence had on the show.

betty driver 2

Betty Driver 20 May 1920 – 15 October 2011

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  1. Thank you for this great tribute. I was deeply saddened by the loss of Betty Driver. She was such an iconic character and will be sorely missed. Every time I have a hotpot I will think of Betty!


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