Irene Sutcliffe had a 60-year career on our TV screens, from a Sunday Night Theatre appearance in 1953 through to character roles as an old biddie well into the mid-2010s. She was also a regular on stage, even making her West End debut opposite Katherine Hepburn in GB Shaw’s The Millionairess. However, it’s as the downtrodden cornershop owner Maggie Clegg in Coronation Street that she’ll be forever remembered. Her run, from 1968 to 1976, coincided with one of the soap’s golden ages, and her travails with an alcoholic husband and a son played by Bill Kenwright were at the forefront. The character left in 1976 to emigrate to Zaire, for some reason.