Former Coronation Street actor Mark Eden dies aged 92

The former Coronation Street actor Mark Eden has died aged 92, his agent has said.

Eden, best known for playing Alan Bradley in the ITV soap, is survived by his wife and former co-star, Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts.

A statement to PA Media said: “We are very sad to announce the death of actor Mark Eden. He died peacefully, in hospital, earlier today, 1 January 2021. Mark had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for some time, and was hospitalised in November.”

It added: “Mark, 92, had a long career spanning more than 50 years, including eight years in Coronation Street as character Alan Bradley. He is survived by his wife, Sue, his daughter, Polly, his stepson, Saul, and granddaughter, Emma. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.”

Born Douglas John Malin, Eden’s first screen credit was in 1958 for a role in Quatermass and the Pit. He later acted in the 1965 film Doctor Zhivago, starring Julie Christie and Omar Sharif, as well as in Doctor Who and The Avengers. He also appeared in the TV programmes London Belongs To Me and Crown Court.

His run in Coronation Street ended after his character was killed by a Blackpool tram. Eden later unveiled a plaque at the tram stop where the scene was filmed.

Later in his career he appeared in Doctors and Casualty, with his last screen credit coming in 2013 for the TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time.