Joan Savage dead: Coronation Street star dies aged 89 as devastated family share emotional tributes | The Sun

Joan Savage dead: Coronation Street star dies aged 89 as devastated family share emotional tributes | The Sun

CORONATION Street star Joan Savage has died aged 89.

The actress is understood to have passed away peacefully at Brinsworth House in Twickenham, south west London, earlier this month.

Joan played dancer Celeste Pickersgill during a brief stint in Coronation Street in 2000.

She was took a fancy to Norris Cole after they were paired together during a competition hosted at the Tower Ballroom.

Joan also appeared in an episode of Dad's Army in 1972 and featured in The Arthur Haynes Show over a seven-year period during an illustrious TV career spanning six decades.

Born in January 1934, Joan accompanied comedic dad Norman around local clubs across the north of England.



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She went on to join the Blackpool Children's Tower Ballet and Blackpool Tower Circus aged just 12.

Joan would ride elephants, roller skate and perform songs across a wide variety of performances, paving the way for an appearance on Mr Ronnie Taylor's Variety Fanfare on BBC Radio.

She also went on tour as the leading lady in a George and Alfred Black entertainment show named Music and Madness, The Blackpool Gazette reports.

During the tour, she met fellow performer Ken Morris, whom she would later marry in Blackpool in 1955.

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The couple later established a successful double act, appearing in a number of TV adverts and shows including The Jack Jackson Show and The Black and White Minstrel Show.

They had their first child, daughter Kelly, together in March 1960.

Husband Ken sadly passed away in July 1969 following a brain tumour diagnosis.

But Joan would go on to establish herself as one of the UK's most popular entertainers, continuing to perform a raft of songs and impersonations in summer shows and concerts, as well as on cruise ships.

She went on to marry Bryan in November 1972 and is survived by daughter Kelly and grandsons Mark and Simon.

In all, she appeared in more than 350 TV shows and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2008.

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