Coronation Street actress Betty Driver, who starred on the popular British television soap opera for more than 40 years, has died, according to a spokesman for the show's network.

ITV, which broadcasts the long-running show that also airs on CBC Television, said Driver died peacefully on Saturday at the age of 91.


Coronation Street actress Betty Driver was the Rovers' longest-serving barmaid, appearing on the show for 42 years. ((Courtesy ITV))

Driver joined the show in 1969, appearing in more than 2,800 episodes as Rovers barmaid Betty Turpin, later Williams, who became famous for serving up her meat "hot pot" lunches.  

Driver's iconic Coronation Street role came after a 40-year radio, stage and television career, in which she worked in London's West End shows and entertained troops as a big-band singer during the Second World War.

The show's executive producer Kieran Roberts hailed Driver as a "wonderful actress and remarkable woman."

"For more than four decades she delighted many millions of Coronation Street fans with her fantastic performance in countless great stories both dramatic and comic," Roberts said in a statement Saturday. 

"Betty was always a delight to work with and whilst there is a great sadness at her passing away Betty will be remembered by everyone on Coronation Street with tremendous admiration and affection."

Driver was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in late 1999.