Patricia Phoenix (Patricia Frederica Pilkington)

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Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Bold, brassy and larger than life, Pat Phoenix was television's favourite scarlet woman. For nearly 25 years, she dominated the soap opera Coronation Street (1960) in the role of Elsie Tanner and sent shivers down the spines of Britain's menfolk twice a week. With her low cut cleavage, she was known as "the working man's Raquel Welch" and was once dubbed by the then UK Prime Minister Jim Callaghan as "the sexiest woman on TV".

Pat Phoenix's life very much mirrored that of the character she played. Read more...