Today we heard the news that Paula Tilbrook, aka Emmerdale's Betty Eagleton is to leave the soap after 21 years.
While I'm not a regular Emmerdale viewer, I do have some warm memories of watching it with my Nain when I was a boy in the late 90s/early 00s and so I was and am still fond of characters like Betty, Seth, Alan Turner and Jack Sugden.
So I couldn't let the announcement of Paula's retirement go by without looking back at the various roles she has played in Corrie over the years.
They have all been minor roles, and so here are a brief synopses of each one:
In episode 665 (1 May 1967), she played a Customer.
In episode 1351 (26 December 1973), she played Mrs Cleghorn, who rubbed Rita up the wrong way. See a synopsis of the character here.
She then appeared as Estelle Pimpton, an acquaintance of Annie Walker from the Lady Victuallers Society in episode 1741 (21st September 1977) who is amused that Annie's new carpet is from the old bingo hall!
In episodes 1978 and 1979 (17th and 19th of March 1980), she appeared as Olive Taylor-Brown, another friend of Annie Walker. You can see a synopsis of the character here.
Her final role was as Vivian Barford on a irregular basis between March 1991 and July 1993. Vivian was a member of WARTs and was an old friend of Alf Roberts who rubbed Audrey up the wrong way. She successfully persuaded him to re-stand as a councillor in 1991 against Deirdre. You can read a synopsis about the character here.
Soon after her last appearance on Corrie, she began her long stint on Emmerdale. Happy retirement Paula!
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