Born Sylvia Butterfield in Leeds on 8 November 1939, the actress was best known by her professional name Elizabeth or Liz Dawn. She began her show business career as a nightclub singer. By the late 1960s she ventured into acting, often taking small parts in TV programmes as well as appearing in commercials. During the 1970s Dawn appeared in a variety of programmes, including All Creatures Great and Small. Her first appearance in Coronation Street was in 1974 with her onscreen
husband Jack, played by the late Bill Tarmey. After being diagnosed with emphysema four years earlier, Dawn was written out of the soap in 2008. Her final episode was seen by more than 12 million viewers, only returning for a one-off appearance as Vera's ghost in 2010 for Tarmey's final scenes. Liz sadly passed away at the age of 77 on 25 September 2017.