Created 17th March 2006
Played by and IMDB entry for Betty Driver
Appeared: 2 June 1969 -
Born: 4 February 1920
One Sister: Maggie Preston (married Les Clegg)
Married: 1st Cyril Turpin (Died: February 1974)
Children: Gordon Clegg Born: 20th May 1950. His father was a sailor, Ted Farrell. As his parents were unmarried, Gordon was adopted by his aunt Maggie and her husband.
The Following Profile was submitted by Jeremy Larner and is ©2006 to Jeremy Larner
Betty first appeared in the show in June 1969 when she and her husband Cyril, a police sergeant, moved into the Corner Shop on Coronation Street following the break up of her sister Maggie Clegg's marriage. Betty had married Cyril after the war but they had had no children, however during the war Betty had an affair with a serviceman called Ted Farrell and become pregnant. As she wasnt married but her sister Maggie was, it was agreed that Maggie would bring up the baby as their own son, so when Gordon was born Betty handed him to Maggie.
Shortly after Betty arrived in the Street she moved into a house at Hillside Crescent with Cyril. She also found employment as a barmaid at the Rovers Return, a job she had held down on and off for over 35 years. At first landlady Annie Walker wanted to sack Betty as she feared her husband Jack, who had hired Betty, would find her attractive. However Annie soon came around and when Bet Lynch joined the staff at the Rovers in 1970 as a barmaid, to avoid confusion Annie always addressed Betty as Elizabeth and they became quite good friends, only on a few occasions over the years was there ever a rift between them. Betty also became close friends with Bet and on occasions Bet stayed at Betty's house. In 1973 when Annie Walker became mayoress of weatherfield and temporary manager Glyn Thomas took over the running of the Rovers he made several changes including the Rovers selling hot food prepared by Bet and Betty. However although most of his changes didnt remain when Annie came back Betty's hotpot has remained on the menu ever since!
An ex convict by the name of Lucas began to stalk Betty, however Betty
hid this from Cyril. When he eventually discovered the truth he attacked
Lucas which lead to him leaving the police force. In 1974 Betty insisted
Cyril attended the engagement party of Rita Littlewood and Len Fairclough,
however as he was rushing out of the house he collapsed and died of
a heart attack. The police arrived to inform Betty's sister Maggie
that Cyril had died, and Maggie was left to break the news to Betty
at the Rovers. It was a huge blow to Betty and when the news sunk in
she had a breakdown, blaming herself for Cyril's death because she
had insisted he attended the party. She was so distressed she almost
didnt attend Cyril's funeral, however it was decided she would attend
at the last minute. Betty was forced to temporarily move in with Maggie
due to financial problems, and slowly she began to adjust to life without
Cyril with the help of all her friends and her job at the Rovers.
In 1978 Betty donated a plate to a jumble sale which was bought by
Deirdre Langton for 25p. However when the plate was later valued for £100,
Deirdre sold it and gave half the money to Betty. Later that year Betty
was chosen to appear on the cover of the Newton and Ridley brewary
magazine, much to the fury of both Bet and Annie who had both expected
themselves to be chosen to appear. The following year Betty discovered
a carriage clock had gone missing from her house and blamed Eddie Yeats
as he had been in her house. Betty faced a dilemma about whether to
go to the police, however it was later discovered it was one of Eddie's
friends who stole the clock. Eddie persuaded Betty not to go to the
In May 1995, 50th years after the end of the war, Betty was surprised to meet up with Billy Williams, an old boyfriend. Billy proposed to Betty saying that they had spent enough time apart and after initially refusing she accepted and they married in October 1995. At this time Bet left the area and Betty was disappointed that she was unable to attend her wedding. In 1997 Billy died of a heart attack leaving Betty all alone once again.
In 1999 she became suspicious of new Rovers landlady Natalie Barnes boyfriend Ian Bentley and was the first to work out that he was infact the fiancee of Sharon Gaskell, Rita's former foster daughter. Betty alerted Rita to the fact Ian was cheating on Sharon with Natalie, who didnt have a clue who he was, which stopped Sharon making a terrible mistake.
In June 2002 Betty once again decided it was time she retired, and
a party was organised at the Rovers for her, with her old mate Bet
Lynch arriving to give her a big send off. Betty's son and daughter
in law, Gordon and Caroline also turned up. and reluctantly asked Betty
to come and live with them in Wimbledon. However within a month Betty
was back in Weatherfield after falling out with Caroline, and asked
for her job back at the Rovers again. In early 2003 she offered advice
to troubled Maria Sutherland who was pregnant after sleeping with her
friend Toyah's boyfriend, and decided to have an abortion.
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