Coronation Street alum Bet Lynch has been voted the most iconic female soap character of all time. The result is from a survey taken by 2,000 adults on behalf of leading sofa and carpet specialist ScS.
EastEnders and Coronation Street leading ladies received the most votes. However, there was a clear age gap between the voters, with those under 35 predominantly voting for Peggy Mitchell while those over 35 generally voting for Bet Lynch.
The survey results revealed the top four most popular female soap icons as:
- Bet Lynch, Coronation Street (played by Julie Goodyear)
- Peggy Mitchell, EastEnders (played by Barbara Windsor)
- Dot Branning (Cotton), EastEnders (played by June Brown)
- Deirdre Barlow, Coronation Street (played by Anne Kirkbride)
Bet Lynch first appeared on Coronation Street in 1966 and last appeared on the cobbles in 2003. Known for her fondness for leopard print and her feisty personality, she was also notoriously unlucky in love.
In 1996 Julie Goodyear received an MBE (Member of the Order of British Empire) for her “services to television drama.” She’s since made the rounds on reality television, appearing on Celebrity Fit Club, Celebrity Come Dine with Me and the tenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.
Julie told The Daily Star in 2012 that she would never reprise her Bet Lynch role: “I’ll never play her on screen again.” However, rumours have been swirling this year that she will return to Corrie by the end of the year as part of a major cast shake-up.