Doreen Keogh played Concepta Riley from 1960-1962 [Granada Television]

Doreen Keogh played Coronation Street‘s first barmaid in the role of Concepta Regan from the first episodes of the soap in 1960. 

The actress passed away peacefully on New Year’s Eve it has been reported. 

John Whiston, the Creative Director at ITV Studios, told The Mirror: “All at Coronation Street are sad to hear about the death of Doreen Keogh.

Irish actress Doreen Keogh pictured in character as Concepta Riley (previously Concepta Hewitt) holding a saucepan on the set of the television soap opera Coronation Street in Manchester in 1962. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)Irish actress Doreen Keogh on the set of Coronation Street in Manchester in 1962 [Getty] 

“There have been many barmaids in the Rovers over the years, dispensing pints and wisdom in equal measure. But Doreen played the first and so has a unique place not just in the history of the show but in the affection of all who watch The Street.

“Our thoughts are with the family as they mourn the passing of a wonderful person. And together with our audience we also mourn the passing of a very special actor.”

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The Irish actress has passed away at the age of 91 [Granada Television]

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