Coronation Street star Irene Sutcliffe dies at 88

Coronation Street star Irene Sutcliffe has died at the age of 88.

She made her debut in the soap way back in 1968, with her alter ego – the long suffering Maggie Clegg – sharing the screen with icons such as Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner.

She spent seven years in the soap and ran the corner shop for the bulk of her time in the show.

Maggie’s storylines included her life with alcoholic husband Les Clegg, who she divorced in 1969, her adopted son Gordon (her sister Betty Turpin was his birth mother) and a further marriage to reformed alcoholic, Ron Cooke, on 10 July 1974.

She emigrated to Zaire after the wedding but made a brief return to the street in December of the same year when Gordon found out that Betty was his mother. She rejoined her husband the following month and has not returned to the street since.

The last reference to her was at the funeral of Betty, when her picture was seen on display among others.

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