Tributes Pour In For Coronation Street's Jean Alexander

Best known for her role as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street, she brilliantly portrayed a northern working class cleaner with a sharp tongue.

Hilda Ogden from Coronation Street and flying duck

The world's favourite soap star Jean Alexander has died, age 90, just three days after her birthday.

The actress was best known for playing Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street from 1964 until her departure in 1987.

Her trademark classic pinny, rollers and hanging ciggy were unforgettable, and graced the cobbles for 23 years before going on the star in The Last Of The Summer Wine.

Jean Alexander Actress who played Hilda Ogden
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Born in Liverpool, she started her working life as a library assistant and it was in 1949 that her acting career began. She made her debut in the police series Z-Cars. It's now 50 years since she stepped into Hilda's shoes and married window cleaner Stan. 

She died peacefully in hospital on Friday, her niece said.

Alexander had been admitted to Southport hospital, Merseyside, for tests but was discharged after a couple of days and allowed to return to her nursing home, her niece Sonia Hearld said.

But on Tuesday she was readmitted to hospital, three days before her death.

"My aunt died sadly earlier today," Mrs Hearld, of Selby, North Yorkshire, said on Friday.

People have been paying their respects on twitter, remembering her greatest moments:

Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis said:

Fellow Corrie actor Les Dennis said:

Coronation Street director tributes some of the shows success to the late actress. He said:

Pop star Boy George also paid his respects:

Jean Alexander later joined Last of the Summer Wine in 1988 as the junk shop owner Auntie Wainwright, a role she would play for 22 years. 

But it was Hilda Ogden that remained the character she was best known for. In 2005 a TV Times poll voted her the nation's favourite soap character.

So in the spirit of her name , we'll continue sing  Beautiful Dreamer while dusting our ornaments.

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