Portrayed Mavis Wilton on British soap opera Coronation Street, a role she played for 24 years.
Prior to becoming an actress, she was a secretary.
After her long-running role on Coronation Street, she played the character of Dolly Bellfield in British sitcom Dinnerladies.
She married Graham Barlow in 1956; they had two children together.
In 2005, she was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards for her role in the British comedy film Mrs Henderson Presents, which starred Judi Dench.