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Emmerdale’s Paula Tilbrook, who played Betty Eagleton for 21 years, dies aged 89 | Ents & Arts News

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Emmerdale actress Paula Tilbrook has died aged 89.

The soap star was known for her role as Betty Eagleton, who she played for 21 years on the ITV programme.

Her death came to light when The Stage published her obituary on Wednesday.

It said Tilbrook, who joined the show in 1994 and left in 2015, died seven months ago from natural causes on 1 December.

In a statement, Emmerdale said: “The family of Paula Tilbrook are sad to confirm the peaceful passing of their beloved Paula.

“She died of natural causes a few months ago at home with her loved ones beside her. The family respectfully requests privacy at this difficult time.”

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Tilbrook, who was born in Salford, Lancashire, made her television debut in 1969 in Jack Rosenthal’s sitcom The Dustbinmen and variety show Ken Dodd and the Diddymen.

She made a series of appearances in Coronation Street in 1973 as well as Last of the Summer Wine and Brookside in the 1980s.

She retired from acting in 2015.

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