TV stalwarts Liz Dawn and Tony Booth die

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CORONATION STREET: Liz Dawn and Tony Booth both appeared in the TV soap

ACTRESS Liz Dawn, Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth, and actor Tony Booth best known for his part Till Death Us Do Part have both died.

Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn played Vera Duckworth in the soap for 34 years.

Her family said they were “devastated” after the death of the “incredible” 77-year-old.

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They added: “She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.”

In a statement programme-maker ITV said, “We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague.

“As Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many. She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend.”

And  Cherie Blair’s father Tony Booth, the Till Death Us Do Part actor and political campaigner, has died aged 85, his family said.

The actor who was born  in Liverpool  on 9 October 1931 achieved national fame as Mike Rawlins, the lazy ‘Scouse git’ in  comedy series Till Death Us Do Part.

He also appeared in three episodes of Coronation Street alongside Pat Phoenix  as Elsie Tanner.

After an accident in 1979 Booth was re-acquainted of Pat Phoenix and the two became lovers. Booth and Phoenix were married in 1986, just days before she died of cancer.

Phoenix was one of Booth’s four wives and one of his children from a previous marriage is Cherie Booth, wife of ex-prime minister Tony Blair.

A man of strong left-wing views, he was a former president of the actor’s union, Equity.

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