Corrie star Betty Driver left nearly £1million in her will
The late Betty Driver reportedly left nearly £1million in her will, the majority of which will go to friends of the star, since she had no children and few living family members.
The Sun reports that Betty’s estate was worth £987,900 in total, and £938,198 after her liabilities were paid.
Betty’s home in Altrincham, Cheshire, and her car – as well as most of her personal possessions – were left to friends Charles Orr and Brian Lynch, who live in Bowdon, near Altrincham.
The paper adds, “Mr Orr, who spoke at her funeral, was described as her personal assistant and closest friend at the time of her death.”
The remainder of Betty’s estate was divided between her cousin Rosemary Hirst and seven friends including the aforementioned Mr Orr and Mr Lynch.
Betty, who began her career as a singer, appeared in 2,800 episodes of Corrie, and in 1999, she was awarded a CBE for her contribution to TV entertainment.
Betty initially auditioned for the role of Hilda Ogden in 1964, but of course, that part was given to Jean Alexander.
However, Betty landed the role of Betty Turpin in 1969, having been persuaded to come out of retirement – she was running a pub with her sister Freda at the time – and the rest, is of course history.
Here’s a look at the last scene Betty ever appeared in on Corrie…