Corrie actress Doreen Keogh dies at 91

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Actress Doreen Keogh, who has played the first Coronation Street waitress, died at the age of 91.

Keogh fired Rovers Returns in the first of pints that Concepta Riley, starring in the soap in the 1960’s and 70’s.

The Irish star has also had recurring roles in Cold Feet, Father Ted and the Royle Family.

ITV Studios creative director John Whiston said Keogh holds a “unique place” in Coronation Street history.

“There has been a lot of waitresses in the Rovers over the years, the distribution of pints and wisdom in equal measure,” he said.

“But, Doreen, played the first, and therefore a single not only in the history of the show, but in the affection of all those who watch The Street.”

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Keogh played as Mary Carroll, the Royles ‘ neighbour in The Royle Family, and that Pete Gifford, the mother of Audrey in Cold Feet.

In the 1990s, she played the character of Ms. Dineen in two episodes of father Ted. Fans will remember having a fight over paying a bill in a tea shop.

She is also credited with coaching Barbra Streisand on the way to talk with an accent cockney, for her film On a Clear day You Can See forever, despite being a native of Dublin, his family said.

His niece and nephews Lauren, Matthew and Christina Keogh said in a statement: “Our aunt Dorothy, died peacefully in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland, on the Eve of the New Year, after a long illness.

“She is known for the parts she has played in prominent of the TV series, including Coronation Street, Ballykissangel, Father Ted, The Royle Family, Cold Feet, Just of the City, Z Cars, Crossroads and others.

“She also had a lot of stage and film roles, including a part in the 1960 Blake Edwards-directed music Darling Lili with Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson.”

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