Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Thelma Barlow pays tribute to Peter Baldwin in open letter

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog November 2015, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Thelma Barlow, who played Mavis Wilton in Coronation Street, has paid tribute to her late co-star Peter Baldwin, who passed away last month.

The letter from Thelma Barlow to the Radio Times reads as follows:

"Derek and Mavis were figures of fun a lot of the time – people don’t always recognise that those who are quiet and unassuming can have more to offer than people who make a lot of noise about life. Once they got together, it was those two against the world – they took strength from and supported one another. It was a really good relationship. They were kind and considerate, but they learnt how to defend themselves and each other when others weren’t very kind.

"It was a total shock when they decided to kill off Derek – I had been intending to leave for a couple of years, as I wanted to do more theatre, so they could easily have killed off Mavis instead.

"It was a cruel blow to Peter, and to me and to the Street really, as Derek was such a popular character. Now, with Peter’s death, a chunk has been taken out of my life – I loved him dearly. I shall miss him such a lot.”

Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.

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