Violet Carson

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Violet Carson

Violet Helen Carson

(1898-09-01)1 September 1898
Died26 December 1983(1983-12-26) (aged 85)
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, pianist
Years active1920–1980
George Peploe
(m. 1926; his death 1929)
RelativesNellie Carson (sister)

Violet Carson OBE (1 September 1898 – 26 December 1983) was an actress from Manchester. She was on radio, stage and television, and was a singer and pianist. She had a long and celebrated career as an actress and performer during the early days of BBC Radio. For the last twenty years of her life she was the matronly Christian widow, town gossip and elderly battle-axe Ena Sharples in the ITV television soap opera Coronation Street. She was one of the original characters from the start in 1960. She almost always wore a hairnet.

In 1962, she was named ITV Personality of the Year.[1] She was awarded an OBE in 1965 by Harold Wilson. He was accused of having debased and cheapened the honours system. [2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Paul Morley (6 June 2013). The North: (And Almost Everything in It). Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 61–. ISBN 978-1-4088-3400-8.
  2. Thomas-Symonds, Nick (2023). Harold Wilson the winner. London: Weidenfield & Nicolson. p. 201. ISBN 9781474611961.