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Christine Hargreaves
Christine Hargreaves (22nd March, 1939 - 12th August, 1984) was a RADA-trained British actress best known for her role as Christine Appleby (née Hardman) on Coronation Street between 1960 and 1963. She was one of only two former regulars on the programme to appear in one of its spin-off's when she played the role of Dawn in the season two episode of Pardon the Expression, The Big Hotel (the other regular was Angela Crow). Her other credits include Z Cars, Play for Today, Juliet Bravo and Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV.

Born in Salford she was friends at school with future playwright Shelagh Delaney. She trained at RADA where she gained an Honours Diploma and her first part was in repertory theatre in Richmond, followed by Bolton and then St. Anne's where she met Arthur Leslie in a production of Pygmalion with her playing the part of Eliza and Mr Leslie as Alfred, her father. Both of them were asked to audition of Coronation Street while playing these roles and Ms Hargreaves felt that she got part on the strength of the way she said "Charming" in an off-hand manner typical of Christine Hardman.

At one time she was married to Klaus Voormann, a friend of The Beatles who designed the cover of their 1966 album Revolver. After Coronation Street she appeared many times in television and is particularly remembered for her starring role in The Spongers (1978), an acclaimed Play for Today written by Jim Allen and directed by Roland Joffe.

She died of a brain tumour in August 1984, aged 45.

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