Corrie actress dies

Actress Maggie Jones, who played Blanche Hunt in Coronation Street, has died age 75.

The actress was written out of Corrie in October to undergo emergency surgery, but a spokesperson had said her condition was improving and she had been expected to return to the soap.

Jones first appeared on the show 35 years ago but became a regular cast member in 1999.

William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, her on-screen son-in-law, played tribute to the star: "Maggie was a big part of the Barlow family and a brilliant actress. She was a tower of strength, physically frail but mentally strong as an ox and sharp as someone half her age.

"She had an amazing dry wit and was as funny if not funnier than Blanche. We were great cross word partners, we sat through Tracy’s trial scenes doing the cross word together."

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100 Responses to Corrie actress dies

  1. Sev says:

    What a shame 😦 i loved her character as Blanche….Blanche was the sort of person I want to be when I get my pension and buspass :PR.I.P Maggie, you were a fantastically gifted actress and will be missed by the corrie cast and fans alike.

  2. Lesley says:

    Condolences to her family and friends. We have lost a comedy genius who could make both young and old laugh out loud with those classic one liners, a rare event these days! RIP Maggie, (Blanche will live on in our memories and your work) x

  3. nan ping says:

    My hubby loved her\’ I did to!!! She is brilliant. never forgootten!!! We loved her. big hugs to you.

  4. Peter says:

    She would have been a GREAT MOTHER IN LAW even if she was a pain in the neck at times. She was great the time she went with the Barlow\’s to the " A A " meeting. Blanche keep on smileing and give them what for up there.

  5. sonya says:

    So sorry to hear of the death of Maggie Hunt (Blanche) My sympathy to her family and friends but also to the cast of Coronation Street who will miss her. R.I.P. Maggie.

  6. Helen says:

    will be sorely missed. A fabulous actress loved by all ages. When she delivered those lines we laughed till our sides ached.Corrie will never be the same without her.. rip x

  7. Ruhin says:

    It is very sad to hear about Maggie\’s death. Although I havent watched Corrie 4a while now, but will miss such a personality who\’s presence left a impact on screen, and will be greatly missed by the audience. Her character was a wretched old lady, but in reality im sure she must\’ve been a warm person. My deep nthoughts are with her & her family at this moment in time. R.I.P dear Maggie. x x x

  8. pat says:

    peace plant .OH poor Maggie Hunt (Blanche) hope she did not suffer and went peacefully.What a super actress she was,always waited with batted breath to hear her comments,she will be missed . My condolences to her family and friends.R I P>

  9. ann says:

    Condolances to Maggies family.R I P Blanche xxxx

  10. liam says:

    Awh so sorry to hear of the death of this lady. R.I.P Maggie Hunt. My thoughts are with your family, friends and colleagues. xxxx

  11. Pamela Brawls says:

    R.I.P BLANCHE(maggie) u will be missed xxxx

  12. Unknown says:

    Wonderful actress, and her on screen humour on the street was superb,if Maggie\’s drunken performance last week was her swan song then BRAVO Maggie ansolutely wonderful performance. RIP babe xxxx

  13. Leann says:

    Corrie has lost a real gem, and Blanche brought such interest to the Barlow household. She will be sorely missed. Condolances to her familiy and friends. Rest in peace.

  14. THOMAS says:

    It\’s a sad day when one of the soaps well loved battle axe\’s go to a bigger show on another plain i hope corrie pull out all the stops for or beloved blanche (( Maggie Jones )) god bless you Maggie rest in piece xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  15. linda says:

    We will always remember her, and her dry wit and great humour. She will be sorely missed. She made us laugh every time we saw her. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. Linda and family

  16. Sir says:

    Nooooo! Without Blanche Ken and Derdrie\’s family has lost its lynchpin and hence will become a less intriguing element of the show. They need to now work Peter more into their family and potentially get Tracy out of prison on early parole or something…I mean this aint Texas and she did kill her ex under mysterious circumstances.Though back to Ms. Jones, I for one am deeply saddened by her passing and will miss her greatly.

  17. Carol says:

    The street wont be the same without you, your quick witted comments had me in stiches, forever in our thoughts,

  18. Chrissy says:

    So sad to hear about the loss of a fine actress, Corrie will be the poorer without our Blanche.

  19. michele says:

    Such sad news of the loss of Maggie. So talented so funny and great sence of humour God Bless sleep peacfully Special thoughts to her family at this sad time. Michele and familyxx

  20. Doña says:

    😦 Rest in Peace Maggie Jones, such a good actress! xx

  21. Sheila says:

    So sad corrie wont be the same without you fatastic actress. We will miss you God Bless,

  22. Kimberley says:

    R.I.P Blanche (Maggie) my heart goes to all your family you are all in my deep thoughts. sweet dreams you will be sadly missed xxxxx

  23. michelle says:

    rip u will be missed

  24. stu says:

    Gutted!! Thats the only way to describe how i feel. Blanche was the only reason i tuned in. Some great comic perfomances over the years.

  25. nicholas says:

    No No No one of the only people to get a laugh on corrie has gone, i am shocked and extreamly saddend at her passing, god bless her.

  26. Peter says:

    It would have been nice to express this actress as possibly her first name or Miss / Mrs. As a common mark of respect, however it possibly shows ignorance to the reporting person, yep a criminal but not such a lady! Farwell lady, you were sound. From a Northerner!

  27. Unknown says:

    Good Night God Bless R I P Blanche (Maggie)

  28. steven says:

    R.I.P Maggie Jones.I thought you were a great Actress.

  29. Jeanette says:

    How sad. I hope she died peacefully. She will be greatly missed and I am sure that Corrie will never be quite the same again. God Bless and condolences to her family.

  30. jean says:

    This is very sad news, Maggie was a marvelous actress and will be greatly missed by everyone. We were counting the days till she returned to the street as the wonderful Blanche, it certainly won\’t be the same without her. God Bless

  31. michelle says:

    Bless her. Such a shame.

  32. Sandra says:

    She will be missed greatly for her dry sense of humour, my thoughts go out to all her family, and the cast that have been her life for so long, rest in pesce Maggie. xx

  33. John says:

    What a great loss Maggie wil be to all who knew her, R.I.P. Maggie god will look after you now.god bless you sweet dreams.xxxxxxx.

  34. debs says:

    may you rest knowin ow happy u made pople evn my 8yr old is sad…god bless merry xmas MAGGIE XXX luv deb n keelie………………

  35. Len McNally says:

    So Sad but will always be remembered for her dry humour and sense of timing wonderful actress.RIP

  36. karen says:

    we will miss maggie she was great god bless to her i will miss her she was like my nan.xx kaz

  37. grace says:

    i was so saddened to hear about maggies death she was one of my favourites and always put a smile on my face. i wish she was still alive of course but i\’m glad she went peacefully. R.I.P maggie/blanche you will be sorely missed by all xx

  38. sam says:

    we will miss you rip and god bless, keep an eye on ken. xxxxxx

  39. Maureen says:

    you will be missed loved her dry humour. god bless love to her family.x x

  40. COLIN says:

    Maggie – you were great as Blanche and will be sadly missed by the cast and Corrie\’s huge audience. Love to you and your family.Now rest in peace, my lovely and keep \’em in check up there. xxxx

  41. Barbara says:

    Blanche will be very missed she was a star on corrie, before she even spoke you knew it was going to make you laugh. god bless her and her family sleep peacefully maggie you were a witty and talented woman. r.i.p

  42. Sheilagh says:

    I am so, so sad that I won\’t be able to laugh at Blanche\’s fantastic one-liners anymore but if she was suffering with her illness I am pleased she is now \’up there\’ and I always have my memories of a lovely, talented lady. God bless.

  43. suzanne says:

    My 12 year old daughter Maggie-Suzanne told me of the sad news earlier today upon getting up and ready for school, we are avid Corrie fans! Maggie Jones will be sadly missed from our screens as she was always a ray of light and dry wit and gave some of the funniest one-liners going! God bless Blanche! X

  44. me says:

    maggie ( blanche) you will be so sadly missed RIP

  45. JessycaLauren says:

    maggie we miss u very much u was a great actress RIP maggie god bless her familylov jessica s

  46. bethany says:

    dear maggieyou will be missed youand norris were my favourite charactersamd i am dreadfully upset rest in peace xx

  47. leo says:

    awww bless her xxx She was my best character she was so funny; The Street will never be the same without her. R.I.P Maggie Jones AKA Blanche Hunt.

  48. Rosie..x ♥ says:

    maggie jones, we will miss you, corrie will not be the same with out you init, awwwwww i can not belive that you have gone :\'( love you blanche blanche ( MAGGIE JONES) (R♥I♥P)FROM Rosie n Chelsea n Alison n Ryan FROM MACCLESFIELD…♥ WE WILL MISS YOU.♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  49. cj says:

    Maggie , you were my shining star my idol ill watch you in the stars love you loaddsssssssssss ♥

  50. alison says:

    Dear Maggie Jones (Blanche Hunt) I am truly upset that you have gone and left us you was one of my favourite characters in coranation street and when i found out you died i balled with tears i could not believe i was hearing it.You made my dayy when i saw you on the t.v because you was so funny and i bet ken and diedre are very sad to have lost you.Rip Maggie jones Love you loads lovely :DLove froommm Alison from macclesfield united kingdom:( ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  51. Stewart says:

    We\’ll miss you so much, you were and always will be a coronation street favourite.Thinking of your familes both on and of the street.God bless x

  52. ernest says:

    We will miss you greatly as you brought such joy to so many may you keep them all on their toes in the next street with that dry wit of yours it will be sadly missed in this one

  53. amanda says:

    Maggie you were a brilliant actress, you made me laugh! Sleep well, xxx

  54. andy says:

    she was funny in the street she played a good part allways make me laugh best wishes 2 her famly andy lawson kent age 37

  55. Lesley Ann says:

    Maggie you were a star now you will shine like one sleep well , God bless xxxxxxx

  56. mum says:

    maggie will be missed she was a great actress my deepest condolence to her family on stage as well as off

  57. marlene says:

    i will miss you dearly . you always made corrie worth watching , always made me laugh , wished i,d known you ,will take a bit of getting used to without you ,, RIP.

  58. Adam says:

    Maggie,You are going to be sadly missed. A true icon in soaps, in what has been stale at times. Always a breath of fresh air, and an ability to make everyone laugh.May you rest in peace and know the joy you brought to millions.RIP Maggie Jones

  59. Kerranda says:

    Maggie,You Are Going To Sadly Missed By All Old And Young. A True and Extremly Funny Person. Always Made Me Laugh With Blanches Witty Comments On Corrie You Made Her So Real. I am So Upset Ill Miss You Loads. May You Rest In Peace And I Hope Your In A Better Place. I Cried When I Found Out You Down And I am In Tears As I Write This. You Will Be Missed By Hundreds thousands MILLIONS. Rip Maggie Jones Love you loads Your A Star And Now Its Your Time To Shine With The Others In The Sky X Love From Kerranda Maillard 15

  60. carol says:

    You will be sadly missed by millions especially your loved ones.blanche on corrie was so funny and always made mw laugh.You will always be a star shining in the sky with all the others .RIP MAGGIE JONESCORONATION STREET WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU

  61. sarah says:

    Very sad to hear the news. I will miss you greatly, you were so funny you had great sense of humour. I will always remember the AA meeting with Ken, Deirdre and Peter it was hillarious. RIP Maggie may you shine brightly in heaven x x

  62. josephine says:

    I am really sorry to hear Maggie has died she will be truely missed by all of her family and fans she was one in a million xxxxxx

  63. Jay says:

    Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face. Goodbye and God Bless Angel xxx

  64. John says:

    how sad. she will be so missed. Corrie won\’t be the same without her.Prabha & John Dixon

  65. Unknown says:

    what a terrible loss , she was such an amazing actress , she gave corrie it\’s sharp comedy edge . she is a true legend and will always bring a smile to our faces when we think of her quick delivery and hilarious one liners. she will live on in our hearts Ian a huge fan

  66. dot says:

    I am a g8 fan of corrie & will certainly miss maggie\’s 1 linners. thankyou for the g8 entertainment & joy you gave us all. god bless

  67. Samantha says:

    i am so sorry to hear of maggie jones death, corrie will not be the same she held the show together all the best people are dyingthis year.Wondrer how she will be wrote out .god bless

  68. Anthony says:

    How very very sad. Maggie was a wonderful actor. I would have loved to have know her personally, as she seemed such a laugh. My thoughts are with her family. R.I.P. Maggie XXXXXXXXX

  69. caroline says:

    she made me laugh and sometimes really annoyed the hell out of me. That\’s how great an actress Maggie Jones was. She brought Blanche to life. RIP and my thoughts to her family, friends and colleagues. You will be missed X

  70. sarah says:

    Such a loss. Thoughts with family and friends. Certainly wont be the same Corrie without her. R.I.P

  71. Dorothea says:

    Maggie Jones what a character! Your wit and the way you delivered the writers words were superb .Hope they make a compilation of your great comic moments .We all need a good laugh and you provided many . Corrie will live on but miss you we will . PS Saint Peter and the rest will enjoy your company so much keep em laughing Maggie . Dorothea.

  72. Rhian says:

    Sad news! You played a brilliant character who made generations laugh their socks off you will be dearly missed. Best wishes to your family and friends, gofion gorau.

  73. malcolm says:

    rest in peace corrie will not seem the same without you.

  74. Codie Leigh says:

    you was a really good actor and you dint need to pass away and corrination street will not be the same no more !! BRILLIANT ACTOR =( =( =( From Codie Leigh Rice xxxx

  75. Codie Leigh says:


  76. Eileen says:

    RIP Maggie,you will be sadly missed,you brought life into the Barlow family in corrie.My sincere condolences to Maggies family.

  77. jordan says:

    RIP Maggie, a true legend and a great person, will sadly be missed on our screens but forever in our hearts. My condolences are with Maggies family and friends. RIP :\'(

  78. Andy says:

    I will miss them barbed tongued one liners, my favourite was \’that Roy Cropper looks though he should be crayoning summat\’ Coronation street has lost a great character, RIP in the snug in the sky

  79. linda says:

    Rip Maggie (Blanche) you will be sadly missed

  80. Terry says:

    possibly,one of Corrie\’s most iconic characters,sadly now no more! Corrie,will be forever in her debt,for the character of Blanche! long live Blanche!

  81. Lynette says:

    rip blanche i will miss your insults and your presense on Corrie.It wont be the same without youIm sure all the cast will be missiing her presence on set. Condolences to Maggies familyR.I.P Maggie JonesR.I.P

  82. nicki says:

    another true crrie legend gone to the big street in the sky. r.i.p. maggie you will be missed! condolences to your family, friends and all thoe at corrie! xxx

  83. christine says:

    A superb Character……she will be missed….Condolences to her family, friends ,corrie cast and Corrie fans.

  84. chris says:

    rest in peace you funny old bugger,you gave us hours of fun and entertainment,now go up there and keep the heavenly street as happy as ours xxx

  85. Lauren says:

    sorry to everyone in her family rest in peace

  86. jackie says:

    bless her she will be saddly missed .

  87. vivien says:

    blanche will be missed by all . she was a amazing actress who was loved by all r.i.p x

  88. Lou Lou says:

    She had amazine oneliners they made me laugh so much R.I.P Maggie Jones

  89. Jess says:

    R.I.P Maggie you were so funi n corrie n i bet u were a laugh in real hope you have a nice afterlife you will be miss dearly by all RIP jess

  90. margaret wendy says:

    You will be sorely missed. Heaven will be laughing lots now!!! Corrie will miss your sharp wit,another good one gone,R.I.Pxx Wen

  91. Anurag Ganesh says:

    Life will never be the same without Blanche in Corrie. She will be greatly missed. There was never a funnier a character as Blanche and I don\’t think there ever will be.RIP Maggie (Blanche)X

  92. sarah says:

    oh my god she will be missed she was very funny as blanche, she will never be replaced gos bless you. my regards to the family rip maggie sarah xxx

  93. ..... says:

    rip maggie we will all miss you on corrie you were brilliant thank you so much xx

  94. Unknown says:

    Absolutely loved Blanche, what a treasure. Blanche was funny when she didn\’t even know she was being funny, sign of an excellent actress. R.I.P Maggie you will be sadly missed.

  95. delroy says:

    feeling happy with people

  96. James says:

    what a real shame made corrie good to watchRIP

  97. edward says:

    Very good actress reminded me of my granny,never satisfied.

  98. Tricia says:

    RIP Maggie you were great fun to watch made me laugh all those one liners you will be sorely missed, said stuff I would never had thought of or had the guts to say!!!

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