Betty Alberge



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Born: 1922
Married: Rupert
Children: Christine
Died: 18 May 1991



Played: Florrie Lindley

Betty Alberge was born in January 1922 and was educated at Fallowfield Central School for Girls. Betty made her acting debut at school in The Death off Tintagles alongside her school friend Pat Phoenix. She then trained at the Manchester Repertory School of Acting and began her professional career at Colwyn Bay Repertory Company before working for ENSA during the war. Betty then worked for the BBC, ITV and radio work, including The Clitheroe Kid , Over the Garden Wall and Knight Errant

In 1960 she joined the cast of Coronation Street as Florrie Lindley, the part being written especially for her by Tony Warren. He originally wrote the part of Ida Barlow for Betty, but after the she read the part at the first auditions, it was agreed that she was better suited for the role of the shopkeeper. Florrie was the last victim of the 1964 axings initiated by new producer Tim Aspinall.

Betty has also worked with Richard Burton in Night Must Fall and in the film Love On The Dole. Other films in her career includes Crucible of Terror and Disciple of Death. Betty continued to work extensively in television (including Crown Court and Rentaghost)and theatre. In 1983 joined the cast of Brookside as Edna Cross.

Betty passed away on 18 May 1991, aged 69, and was survived by her husband Rupert, a daughter, Christine and three grandchildren.






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