- Publish Date
- Friday, 9 June 2023, 9:17AM
Actress Julie Goodyear, who was most loved for her role on Coronation Street as the formidable barmaid Bet Lynch, has announced that she has been diagnosed with dementia.
Her husband, Scott Brand, revealed Julie's diagnosis in a statement saying: "My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heart-breaking diagnosis.
"Unfortunately, Julie has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and we have been seeking medical advice and assistance, but we now know that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation – and that her condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse.
"We have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Julie still loves visiting friends and eating out.
"Inevitably she is recognised, and fans love to meet her - and she them - but she can get confused particularly if she is tired. I hope people will understand."
Julie remains a patron of Willow Wood Hospice in Greater Manchester.
Hilda Hayo, who is the chief admiral nurse and chief executive at Dementia UK, said: “We’re sorry to hear that Julie Goodyear has been diagnosed with dementia, and hope that she and her family are receiving the support and assistance they need at this time.
“By choosing to speak publicly about her diagnosis, Julie and her family will raise vital awareness of dementia and we hope that this will encourage others to seek advice if they have concerns for their brain health.”
Julie was a staple on Coronation Street for more than 20 years, first appearing in 1966 as a PVC factory worker, eventually ending up as everyone's favourite landlord for the Rovers Return Inn.
Best remembered for her trademark leopard print clothing, her character was named the UK’s favourite TV landlady in 2013 in a survey of 1,000 adults by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).
Lynch beat Peggy Mitchell, who was played by Barbara Windsor on EastEnders, with 22% of respondents voting in favour of her to Windsor’s 20%.
She has also been a feature of reality TV with appearances on Celebrity Fit Club, Come Dine With Me and a celebrity special of Stars In Their Eyes.
We're sending all our love to you and your family Julie xx
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