Stephanie Cole has quit Coronation Street - forcing bosses to rewrite parts of Hayley Cropper's cancer storyline. The 71-year-old actress joined Coronation Street two years ago as Roy Cropper's bossy mother Sylvia Goodwin. She has left at short notice following a bout of ill health.

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Queen's Diamond Jubilee tea towel to mark 60 years on the throne, Stephanie Cole DESIGN

Stephanie Cole, who was only 48 years old when she played Diana Trent on "Waiting for God," one of my all-time-favorite BritComs

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Cole on set filming Series 4 of 'Doc Martin' in Port Isaac, June 2009 Born Patricia Stephanie Cole 5 October 1941 (age 70) Solihull, Warwickshire, England, UK

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Stephanie Cole on the set of Doc Martin - I was so sad to see Auntie Joan gone from the story!!!

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Auntie Joan (Stephanie Cole). I wish she would have continued, but decided to leave the show so they had to script a heart attack.

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