Sue Jenkins, a former cast member of Coronation Street, has spoken about the heartache caused by Julie Goodyear’s dementia diagnosis.
From 1985 until 1988, the actress co-starred with Julie in the ITV soap opera as barmaid Gloria Todd. Julie was best known for playing Bet Lynch, the iconic landlady from Rovers Return.
The Brookside actor added the’saddest part’ about Julie’s diagnosis is that dementia “seems so common now.”
She said, “It’s heartbreaking how many people are suffering.” “We really need to identify the cause and combat it,” said the speaker.
The 64-year-old said to the Daily Mail, “There are so many theories out there on what causes dementia; it’s frightening, it seems out of our control.”
Scott Brand, Julie’s husband, revealed the diagnosis of her dementia last month.
In a statement at the time, he stated, “My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heart-breaking diagnosis.”
‘Unfortunately, Julie has been experiencing forgetfulness for a while, and we have been seeking medical counsel and aid, but we now know that there is no prospect of a reverse in the situation – and that her condition will get gradually, and perhaps quickly, worse.
We decided to make the diagnosis public because Julie still enjoys going out to dine and seeing her friends.
Fans want to meet her and are inevitably familiar with her, but she can get lost, especially if she is fatigued. I’m hoping everyone will comprehend.
Fans of the programme remember Julie fondly for her role as Bet in Coronation Street.
Becoming a Coronation Street icon and one of television’s most recognised characters, Bet was known for her sense of style and her many iconic haircuts, including the characteristic beehive look. She first appeared in the show as a Rovers barmaid and then as a landlady.