She’d had no formal training when she started on the show in 1974. Back then she played a warehouse packer in Mike Baldwin’s factory but the went on to become a permanent character, and a much loved one at that, from 1979.
Being diagnosed with emphysema forced her to retire from the show in 2008. In that same year she won the lifetime achievement award at the British Soap Awards.
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As well as Coronation Street Dawn played a few other roles short term, including an episode of Open All Hours in 1976, but she made many guest appearances over the years, as herself, including Comic Relief, Man O Man, This Is Your Life, and Blankety Blanks.
Her family released a statement to say she died peacefully in her sleep on Monday night.
They said they were devastated and heartbroken “at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn. She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.”