Anita Carey, a well-known actor who appeared in shows such as Coronation Street and Doctors, has passed away at the age of 75. Her agent, Katie Threlfall, confirmed the news of Carey’s death on August 7th. Carey had been fighting breast cancer for 13 years.
Throughout her career, Carey played two different roles on the Manchester-based soap opera, Coronation Street. She first portrayed Brenda Summers, a victim of domestic violence, in 1978. She later returned in 1996 to play Joyce Smedley, the mother of Judy Mallett. However, she was written out of the show in 1997 as part of a cast shake-up to boost ratings.
Before her time on Coronation Street, Carey had performed in professional theater and appeared in the sitcom A Kind of Living in 1990. In 2007, she joined the cast of BBC One’s Doctors as Vivien March and won a British Soap Award for her dramatic performance in 2009.
Former Doctors director, Steve Hughes, paid tribute to Carey on Twitter, expressing his sadness and recounting his enjoyable experience working with her. Another writer for Doctors, Roland Moore, also shared his condolences and fond memories of meeting Carey at a soap awards ceremony.
Carey’s acting career began in TV comedy with her role as Susan Chambers in Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? in 1973. That same year, she met her future husband, actor Mark Wing-Davey, while performing in the theater show Butley.
In later years, Carey appeared in various TV shows, including the sketch show One-Upmanship and the comedy-drama Beryl’s Lot. She also starred in John Finch’s drama The Spoils Of War and in ITV’s 1986 adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s novel First Among Equals.
After her marriage to Wing-Davey in 2002, Carey moved to New York, where he had become a successful director and chairman of the graduate acting program at New York University.
Anita Carey leaves behind a legacy of memorable performances in both theater and television. She will be remembered for her talent and contributions to the entertainment industry.