Coronation Street actress Maggie TSWT has died following a “sudden accident”, her writing partner confirmed on Tuesday.
The performer, who played two peripheral roles on the long-running soap opera during a 40-year acting career, died at home surrounded by “heartbroken” family members. The cause of death has not yet been announced.
Best known for her varied television work, TSWT was also co-artistic director of the LipService theater company, which she co-founded with college friend Sue Ryding in 1985.
Sad news: Coronation Street actress Maggie TSWT has died following a ‘sudden accident’, her writing partner confirmed on Tuesday
Confirming the news in a statement added to the company’s website, Ryding admitted she was completely devastated by the sudden and unexpected loss.
She wrote: “It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of Maggie TSWT, my comedy partner of 40 years and co-artistic director of LipService. Maggie passed away yesterday with her family around her. By Consequently, the Chateau Ghoul spring tour has been canceled.As you can imagine, my heart is completely broken.
“I met Maggie when we were drama students at Bristol University in the 1970s. We were in a very serious production of Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea, but for some reason the audience was on the floor laughing. A tragedy for Ibsen (he was good at it) but the launch of an epic comedy partnership.
Announcement: TSWT’s death was confirmed by close friend Sue Ryding, with whom she founded the LipService theater company in 1985.
In the good old days: TSWT has featured in Coronation Street twice, first appearing in 2001 as Ruth Audsley (pictured)
‘Our LipService theater company was officially launched in 1985 and we’ve written 22 original comedies, touring all over the world, managing to have kids in between! It’s notoriously difficult to bring new work to the theater and we’re really proud that we’ve managed to do that and build an audience for it.
TSWT has starred in Coronation Street twice, first appearing in 2001 as Ruth Audsley – a key player in Roy and Hayley Cropper’s bid to flee Weatherfield with adopted child Wayne Hayes.
She returned nine years later as Judge Travers during Kylie Turner and Becky McDonald’s bitter legal battle for custody of Kylie’s son Max.
Important role: Ruth (far left) played a key role in Roy and Hayley Cropper’s attempt to flee Weatherfield with adopted child Wayne Hayes
TSWT also memorably played the role of Bilson in the ITV period drama The Forsyte Saga, an adaptation of the popular early 20th century book series by John Galsworthy.
Her Manchester-based theater company LipService was launched with the aim of developing comedy shows with a female perspective.
To date, 22 shows have launched, including The Picture of Doreen Gray, Inspector Norse, Desperate to be Doris, Withering Looks and Very Little Women.
TSWT and Ryding had been touring the UK with LipService playing Strangers on a Train Set – a lighthearted version of the Alfred Hitchcock classic – when the coronavirus pandemic sent the country into lockdown.
On stage: Her Manchester-based theater company LipService was launched with the aim of developing comedy shows with a female perspective
Devastated: The entertainer died at home surrounded by ‘heartbroken’ family members. The cause of death has not yet been announced
The partnership was preparing to launch a new production when TSWT died suddenly at home.
Ryding added: “We are all still in shock as it was very sudden following an accident. We had planned a new digital version of Chateau Ghoul which we had already filmed and which will be shared with you later in the year in memory of Maggie, as well as live events using the huge amount of digital footage we have fortunately archived. Details to post when you have a plan.
‘Thank you for supporting us all these years, we are so lucky to have such a loyal following. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating his comedy genius later this year.