Jesse Evans



Real name: Jesse Evans
Born: 1 August 1918, Mountain Ash, South Wales
Parents: James Thomas and Ellen Beatrice Evans
Married: Donald Bain


Played: Megan Hopkins (1974 - 1975)

Jessie Evans was born in Mountain Ash, South Wales on 1 August 1918, the daughter of James Thomas Evans and his wife Ellen Beatrice. She was educated in Swansea and made her stage debut at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool on 22 December 1943 as Clog in Pen Don.

In a packed career that spanned over twenty five years she has toured the Middle East from February 1944 in productions including Blithe Spirit. On her return to England she became a stage manager at the St James Theatre, London before making her West End debut in September 1945 in A Bell For Adano. Jessie worked in many West End theatres along with several repertory companies and provincial theatres. Most notable productions included Night Must Fall, The Wind of Heaven, Love For Love, The Relapse, Home at Seven, Letter From Paris, The Country Wife, The Matchmaker, The Keep and Under Milk Wood.

Jessie played many television roles including Mrs Cooke in Coronation Street in 1967. Her film work began in 1954 with the role of Blodwen in The Happiness of Three Women followed by Lily Pearce in Aunt Celia. Other films include Doctor In Distress, Countess Dracula and The Extra Day. Jessie returned to Coronation Street in 1974 as shop keeper Megan Hopkins, a role she played for nine months.

Jessie was married to former hospital nurse Donald Bain and passed away in 1983, aged 65






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