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Betty Driver

Biography

Portrayed Betty Williams over the United kingdom cleaning soap ‘Coronation Street’ for more than 40 years. She began performing skillfully when she was 8 yrs . old. This year 2010, she was honored using the Life time Achievement Award on the British Soap Honours. She wedded Wally Peterson in 1953, but afterwards divorced in 1959. She was godmother to her co-star William Roache’s kid James.

Quick Facts


Full Name Betty Driver
Date Of Birth May 20, 1920
Died October 15, 2011, Cheadle, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession Soap Opera Actress
Nationality English, British
Parents Frederick Driver, Nellie Driver
Siblings Freda Driver
Awards The British Soap Award for Outstanding Achievement
Movies Penny Paradise, Boots! Boots!
TV Shows Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1 Was presented her Lifetime Achievement Award at The British Soap Awards 2009 (2009) by her Coronation Street (1960) co-star Katherine Kelly. Kelly's character Becky McDonald was Driver's character Betty Williams' boss on the show.
2 Separated from her husband in 1960 but they did not divorce until 1969.
3 Altrincham, Cheshire, England [July 2008]
4 Auditioned for the part of Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street (1960) in 1964; making it down to the final two she lost out to later long-time co-star Jean Alexander.
5 Became a huge name during World War II via Henry Hall's popular BBC Radio show, touring Europe - in a Captain's uniform - with him to entertain troops. She claimed the greatest achievement of her life was successfully engaging depressed UK soldiers in song at a German delousing camp.
6 Celebrated her 18th birthday on the set of Penny Paradise (1938), where she found her dressing room had been filled to the roof with flowers by the crew.
7 Her funeral, held at St. Ann's Church in Manchester, was attended by numerous Coronation Street (1960) stars past and present such as William Roache (Ken Barlow), Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts), Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre), William Tarmey (Jack Duckworth), Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster), Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow), Bill Kenwright (Gordon Clegg), Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch), Roy Barraclough (Alec Gilroy), Sarah Lancashire (Raquel Watts), Denise Welch (Natalie Horrocks), Sally Lindsay (Shelley Unwin), Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw), Samia Longchambon (Maria Connor), Jimmi Harkishin (Dev Alahan), Shobna Gulati (Sunita Alahan), Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald), Alison King (Carla Connor), Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre), Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster), Sacha Parkinson (Sian Powers) and Debbie Rush (Anna Windass).
8 Her Coronation Street (1960) co-stars Bill Kenwright, who played her character Betty Williams' son Gordon, and Helen Worth, whom she regarded as the daughter she never had, delivered touching eulogies at her funeral.
9 Was close friends with her former Coronation Street (1960) co-star Julie Goodyear.
10 Is one of 8 Coronation Street (1960) actors to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards. The others are William Roache, Barbara Knox, Johnny Briggs, Elizabeth Dawn, William Tarmey, Helen Worth and Anne Kirkbride.
11 Became pregnant during her marriage to Wally Peterson, but suffered a miscarriage. Following this, she was diagnosed with fibroids in the womb and underwent a hysterectomy.
12 Holds the record for playing the longest-serving soap character to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, having won the award at The British Soap Awards in 2010 for 41 years of playing Betty Williams on Coronation Street (1960). In total she appeared in the part from June 1969 to May 2011.
13 Had practically given up show-business to run a pub in Whaley Bridge, near Manchester, with her father and sister when H.V. Kershaw asked her to join the cast of Coronation Street (1960) in 1969. As Betty Turpin/Williams, her character's trademark "Betty's Hotpot" dish would become a fixture of the Rovers Return menu and a legendary feature of the soap.
14 Badly injured her spine and hip during the making of the Granada sitcom Pardon the Expression (1965), requiring osteopathic treatment.
15 As a young singer she was often likened to Gracie Fields, partly due to her being signed up with the agent sister of Fields' husband Archie Pitt when she was only 14. Despite this, the two only actually first met in the 1960s.
16 Was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2010 British Soap Awards.
17 She was godmother to two of her Coronation Street (1960) co-stars' children: William Roache's son James Roache and Barbara Knox's daughter Maxine.
18 Older sister of Freda Driver (1922-2008), whom she lived with in Cheshire, England until her death.
19 She was awarded a MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty, 'Queen Elizabeth II' in the 2000 Millenium Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to entertainment.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coronation Street 1969-2011 TV Series Betty Turpin Betty Williams
Women of Coronation Street 1998 Video Betty Williams
Annie & Betty's Coronation Street Memories 1975 TV Movie Betty Turpin
ITV Play of the Week 1967 TV Series Mrs. Bull
Pardon the Expression 1965-1966 TV Series Mrs. Edgeley The Hon Mrs Wentworth Brewster
Theatre Night 1961 TV Series
Blackpool Show Parade 1960 TV Series
Emney Enterprises 1957 TV Series
Television Christmas Party 1952 TV Movie
Facing the Music 1941 Mary Matthews
Let's Be Famous 1939 Betty
Penny Paradise 1938 Betty Higgins
Boots! Boots! 1934 Betty

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let's Be Famous 1939 performer: "I Ran Into Love", "The Moon Remembered But You Forgot", "I've Got A Hunch", "Whistle When You Want Me", "The Gospel Of Love" - uncredited
Penny Paradise 1938 performer: "Stick Out Your Chin", "You Can't Have Your Cake", "Learn How To Sing a Love Song" - uncredited
Boots! Boots! 1934 performer: "The Alpine Milkman"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Betty Driver Show 1952 TV Series Herself
Kaleidoscope 1952 TV Series Herself - Singer
Rooftop Rendezvous 1949-1950 TV Series Herself
The Betty Driver Story 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself / Betty Higgins / Betty Pinbright / ... (as Betty Driver MBE)
Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Betty Driver MBE)
Outbreak 1939 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself - Actress
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
The Funny Side of the Street 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
This Morning 2000-2006 TV Series Herself
Coronation Street: Secrets 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Heroes of Comedy 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Reputations 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The Way They Were: Coronation Street 2000 TV Special Herself
40 Years on Coronation Street 2000 TV Special Herself
This Is Your Life 1976-1996 TV Series documentary Herself
The South Bank Show 1995 TV Series documentary Herself
Doris Speed Remembered 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself
Classic Coronation Street 1991 TV Movie Herself
Happy Birthday, Coronation Street! 1990 TV Movie Herself - Audience Member
Wogan 1988 TV Series
Looks Familiar 1978 TV Series Herself
The Good Old Days 1957 TV Series Herself - Performer
Variety Incorporated 1957 TV Series Herself
It's a Great Life 1955 TV Series Herself
The Season's Greetings 1954 TV Movie Herself
Variety Parade 1954 TV Series Herself
Music-Hall 1951-1954 TV Series Herself
Toppers About Town 1953 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Betty Williams
Coronation Street 2012 TV Series Betty Williams
The Corrie Years 2011 TV Series documentary Betty Williams
Pete Postlethwaite: A Tribute 2011 TV Movie documentary Betty (uncredited)
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters 2010 Video Betty Turpin Betty Williams
Stars on the Street 2009 TV Movie documentary Betty Williams (uncredited)
Mollie Sugden: A Tribute 2009 TV Movie documentary Betty Turpin
The Coronation Street Collection: The Duckworths 1995 Video Betty Turpin

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 TRIC Award Television and Radio Industries Club Awards TV Soap Personality Coronation Street (1960)
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award British Soap Awards Coronation Street (1960)


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#Quote
1 On being honoured with an M.B.E. in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List: "I am thrilled beyond all means, it is wonderful, I am really excited and nervous at the same time."

#Trademark
1 Naturalistic acting style.
2 Characters called Betty.


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