Coronation Street Long Time Actress Betty Driver Passes Away at 91 – October 16, 2011

CFN – It’s been a hard year for the Corrie family.  Betty Driver or Betty Turpin as she’s known on Coronation street has passed away at the age of 91.    She’s vowed to never retire from the show and she didn’t.  Most of her scenes that last year or so had her seated, but her familiar torts which have been part of the Corrie fabric for 42 years are to be no more.

Her Hot Pot will survive, and the show will go on.   It’s been that kind of year as Maggie Hunt (Blanche) passed away and the show saw popular character Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey) join his Vera.

Betty’s Hot Pot Recipe

Three quarters of a kilogram each of neck of lamb and potatoes

A large onion

One and a half cups water

3 tablespoons of cooking oil

1 tablespoon of flour

1 bay leaf

Dash of Worcestershire Sauce


1. Brown the meat in a pan of very hot oil then set aside

2. Chop and fry the onion until it begins to brown

3. Sprinkle flour into the pan with the onions and stir to soak up the fat

4. Turn off the heat and add the water slowly while stirring vigorously to prevent lumps forming

5. Add a dash of Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper to taste

6. Mix the onion, meat and stock together and stir in a bay leaf

7. Alternate layers of meat and onion mix with thinly sliced potato in an ovenproof dish. The top layer should be potato.

8. Cover and bake at 325 F for 2 hours

9. Remove cover and continue to bake until the top layer of potato browns

Speaking of Corrie, we here in Canada are catching up to the British time lines as CBC has doubled up episodes.    The Tram crash killed Ashley, Molly, and Charlotte, but some of the story lines need some improving.    Corrie always had a nimble balance of young and old characters.   A bit of off beat comedy, and of course their holiday explosions!

Now there seems to be a competition of who can get the bigger boob jobs, and the propensity of people sleeping with each other’s best friends seems to be on the rise.

What do you think Corrie fans?  You can post your comments below.



  1. God Bless You Betty and thanks for the over-40 years of watching pleasure.

  2. What an illustrious career on Corrie St. We’ll miss her wit, and honesty…and what will happen to her ‘hot pot’ I wonder. I remember listening to her on the radio when I was a kid in England. She played a mean piano. God speed Betty – thanks for the memories.

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