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Maudie Edwards (born Neath, Glamorgan, Wales as Elizabeth Maud Edwards on 16th October, 1906, died in London on 4th March, 1991), appeared as the retiring Corner Shop-keeper Elsie Lappin in the first two episodes of Coronation Street and spoke the first line of scripted dialogue in the first episode.

She came from a showbusiness family and as well as being an actress she was a comedienne and founder of the Swansea-based Maudie Edwards Players and often sang dubbing tracks for motion pictures including for Diana Dors in Diamond City and Margaret Lockwood in I'll Be Your Sweetheart.

Her acting career stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s although her television career was limited, including appearances in The Strange World of Planet X, The Errol Flynn Theatre, Dixon of Dock Green, Fraud Squad and The Doctors. Film appearances for the British film industry from the the 1930s onwards was more frequent and she appeared in The Flying Doctor, My Learned Friend, Pink String and Sealing Wax, School for Randle, Girdle of Gold, Take a Powder, The Ugly Duckling, Band of Thieves and Under Milk Wood.

Her main medium was the radio and she amassed a considerable number of credits from the 1930s onwards, appearing in such shows as 1937 Evening Follies, Stage Door, Stage Door, While You Wait, The Happidrome, Comedy Cocktail, Welsh Rarebit, Variety Bandbox, Spotlight, The Fred Emney Show, Music Hall and Monday Night at Eight. She also appeared in several eponymous shows on radio and television programmes and worked for the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA) in the Second World War.

In 1950 she appeared with Frank Sinatra for the duration of his London Palladium run. She retired in 1972 and spent many years thereafter travelling the world.

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