Wednesday, 2 March 2016

RIP Tony Warren

Coronation Street creator Tony Warren has died at the age of 79

Warren created the long-running soap for Granada TV in 1960 aged just 24-years-old. He wrote the first 14 episodes single-handed and, as a gay man, claimed he wrote better for women at that time which shows in his strong characters like Elsie Tanner and Ena Sharples - characters who became the template for every female character in soap since.

Born Anthony McVay Simpson in Salford in 1937, the young Tony took the surname Warren for his juvenile acting career, which saw him perform opposite the likes of Doris Speed and Violet Carson, actresses he turned to when creating the soap. He continued to write for the show until the late '70s and was awarded an MBE in 1994 for services to television drama.

Warren died on Tuesday evening, following a short illness.


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