Legendary British actress Paula Tilbrook dies at 89

Legendary British actress, famous for her role in Emmerdale’s, Paula Tilbrook has died aged 89.

Paula Tilbrook played Betty Eagleton in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1994 to 2015. In April 2015, it was announced that Tilbrook would be retiring and her final scenes as Betty aired on 25 May. She had played the role of Betty for 21 years.

She briefly reprised her role in Emmerdale on Christmas Day 2015, when Betty appeared via Skype to speak to the villagers. On 1 January 2016, she made an appearance on The Big Quiz 2016 Corrie V Emmerdale appearing in a scene with actor Mark Charnock who played Marlon Dingle).

In 1977, Tilbrook made an appearance as Estelle Plimpton in Coronation Street, and followed this by appearances as Olive Taylor-Brown in the same show in 1978 and 1980. In 1979 she appeared in Tales of the Unexpected. From 1991 to 1993, she played Vivian Barford in the ITV soap opera.

In 1988, Tilbrook played Flo Capp in the sitcom Andy Capp. She appeared as dog-lover Mrs Tattersall in Open All Hours and played three roles in Last of the Summer Wine. Her other credits include Crown Court Brookside and two episodes of the BBC’s Play for Today. Tilbrook’s film credits include Yanks and Alan Bennett’s A Private Function.

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