Emmerdale Actress Shirley Stelfox Has Died

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Emmerdale star Shirley Stelfox has died after a short battle with cancer.

The actress, 74, who was known to soap fans for her bad-tempered character Edna Birch, passed away at home on Monday evening with her daughter by her side.

Shirley played Edna in the soap for 15 years, and was recognised by her incredibly sharp tongue, many hats and love of her two dogs Batley and Tootsie.

ITV executive producer, John Whiston said:

“The family here at Emmerdale are deeply saddened by Shirleys passing, it is hard to imagine Emmerdale without her.We offer our condolences to Shirleys family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers who will miss Edna enormously.”

Fellow actors and actresses have been paying their respects for the star on Twitter:

Our thoughts go out to her family at this sad time.

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Read more: http://www.hellou.co.uk/2015/12/emmerdale-actress-shirley-stelfox-has-died-72149/

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