Coronation Street and Doctor Who star Mark Eden dies, aged 92

Susannah Alexander
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Photo credit: ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: ITV/Shutterstock

From Digital Spy

Coronation Street and Doctor Who actor Mark Eden has died at the age of 92 after a battle with Alzheimer's.

The sad news that Eden, who was married to fellow Coronation Street star Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts), passed away today (January 1) has been confirmed by his agent.

A statement to the PA news agency said: "We are very sad to announce the death of actor Mark Eden. He died peacefully, in hospital, earlier today, 1st Jan 2021. Mark had been living with Alzheimer's disease for some time, and was hospitalised in November.

Photo credit: Rex Shutterstock - ITV
Photo credit: Rex Shutterstock - ITV

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"Mark, 92, had a long career spanning more than 50 years, including eight years in Coronation Street as character Alan Bradley. He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughter Polly, his stepson Saul and grand-daughter Emma. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time."

Eden played infamous villain Alan Bradley in Corrie until 1989, with the character being killed in a tram crash in Blackpool while he was pursuing his terrified former partner Rita Fairclough (now Tanner, played by Barbara Knox) as she fled from him in one of the soap's most well-known scenes.

During his time on the soap, Alan terrorised the residents of the Street – particularly Rita – with his volatile behaviour, while his estranged daughter Jenny Connor (Sally Ann Matthews) is still on the cobbles now.

The actor also starred in the very first season of Doctor Who in 1964 story 'Marco Polo', playing Marco Polo opposite William Hartnell's First Doctor.

Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images

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During his long acting career, Eden also starred in Doctor Zhivago, The Avengers, Doctors, and Casualty, with his final screen credit coming in the form of An Adventure in Space and Time, which tells the story of the creation of Doctor Who, in 2013.

Tributes have been paid to the actor on social media by fans and former co-stars, including his on-screen Corrie daughter Sally Ann Matthews, who called him "the most wonderful TV Dad, teacher and friend":

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