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Mark Eden death: Coronation Street star dies aged 92 after living with Alzheimer’s disease ‘for some time’

Mark Eden played one of Coronation Street’s best-known villains in the 1980s (Rex Features)
Mark Eden played one of Coronation Street’s best-known villains in the 1980s (Rex Features)

Mark Eden, the actor best known for his role as the villainous Alan Bradley in Coronation Street, has died at the age of 92.

His agent confirmed in a statement that Eden had died early this morning (1 January), having lived with Alzheimer’s disease “for some time” before his death.

London-born Eden was the husband of Corrie co-star Sue Nicholls, known for playing Audrey Roberts on the long-running ITV soap.

The statement, provided to the PA news agency reads: “We are very sad to announce the death of actor Mark Eden. He died peacefully, in hospital, earlier today, 1st Jan 2021. Mark had been living with Alzheimer's disease for some time, and was hospitalised in November.”

“Mark, 92, had a long career spanning more than 50 years, including eight years in Coronation Street as character Alan Bradley.

Sue Nicholls and Mark Eden, photographed in 1998PA
Sue Nicholls and Mark Eden, photographed in 1998PA

“He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughter Polly, his stepson Saul and grand-daughter Emma. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.”

Eden’s character on Corrie appeared during the 1980s, eventually meeting an untimely end when he was killed by a Blackpool tram.

Outside of the soap, Eden also appeared on a number of other high-profile TV series, including Doctor Who, Doctors, The Avengers and Casualty, as well as films including 1965’s Dr Zhivago.