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Stephanie Cole OBE (born 5th October 1941 in Solihull) appeared on Coronation Street between April 2011 and August 2013 as Sylvia Goodwin, the mother of Roy Cropper. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and made her stage debut at the age of seventeen playing the ninety year old Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. A long career in repertory theatre followed as well as small parts in television series such as Z Cars, Take Three Girls, Just William, Within These Walls and several Play for Today's before she gained national fame as Nurse Beatrice Mason in the acclaimed wartime BBC drama Tenko in 1981. Her fame established, she then also starred in Open All Hours, The Return of the Antelope, A Bit of a Do, the Alan Bennett Talking Heads series and the long running comedy Waiting for God. Immediately prior to Coronation Street, her most visible starring role was in the ITV drama Doc Martin. West Stage stage roles include Noises Off, Steel Magnolias and A Passionate Woman.

She was married twice, her second husband being Peter Birrel who himself appeared in Coronation Street as John Dewhurst in May 1971. In 1998 she published her autobiography A Passionate Life.

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