Coronation Street cast given time off to mourn Liz Dawn

The stars of ITV’s Coronation Street have been given time off work to mourn the loss of their former colleague Liz Dawn, it has been reported.

Liz played Vera Duckworth in the soap for 34 years and “peacefully” passed away at home on Monday [25 September] at the age of 77.

Liz passed away on Monday. Copyright: [Rex]

After news of Liz’s death was made public on Tuesday, filming at the Manchester set was brought to a halt, with last night’s episode of the show being dedicated to the beloved actress.

Speaking to The Sun, an ITV source shared: “Filming was brought to a sudden halt on Tuesday morning and the cast and crew were called to a meeting.

“Show bosses informed them of her death and told everyone they could take time off if they needed to, to process the news.

“It has really hit the cast hard, especially some of the characters who have been on the show for years.”

Corrie’s Bill Roache previously opened up about his grief. Copyright: [Rex]

It is believed that Liz’s family are currently in contact with Coronation Street bosses in order to plan a suitable tribute to the star.

Liz’s husband of over 50 years, Don Ibbotson, announced her death in a statement on Tuesday morning.

It read: “We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn.

“Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her.

Liz played Vera Duckworth for 34 years. Copyright: [ITV]

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

Many of Liz’s former co-stars have paid poignant tribute to the star, with an official statement from Coronation Street reading: “It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night. Her family at Coronation Street are heartbroken.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy at this very sad time to Liz’s devoted husband Don, her loving children Graham, Dawn, Ann and Julie, their families and her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Last night’s episode of Corrie was dedicated to Liz. Copyright: [Rex]

“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.”

Liz is survived by Don and their three children, 52-year-old Dawn, 51-year-old Ann, and 49-year-old Julie, as well as her 59-year-old son Graham from her previous marriage to Walter Bradley.

She also had six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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