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SpouseJohn Knox, Denis Mullaney
FactIs one of 8 Coronation Street (1960) actors to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards. The others are William Roache, Johnny Briggs, Elizabeth Dawn, Betty Driver, William Tarmey, Helen Worth and Anne Kirkbride.

Barbara Knox is an English actress, best known for her role as Rita Tanner in the soap opera Coronation Street. She has appeared in the show for more than 50 years, making her one of the longest-serving cast members.

Born in Bury, Lancashire, on 30 September 1933, Knox was the only child of Jack and Nellie Knox. Her father was a carpenter and her mother a housewife. She was educated at Bury Grammar School for Girls and then studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Knox made her television debut in 1955 in an episode of the BBC series The Grove Family. She made her first appearance as Rita Tanner in Coronation Street in 1964. She has appeared in more than 2,000 episodes of the show and is one of its most recognisable stars.

In addition to her work on Coronation Street, Knox has also appeared in a number of other television programmes, including Z-Cars, The Bill and Emmerdale. She has also appeared on stage, most notably in a production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium in 1982.

Knox has been married three times. Her first husband was actor David Beckett, with whom she had a son, Christopher. She divorced Beckett in 1968 and married actor Johnny Briggs the following year. The couple had two daughters, Nicola and Lisa, before divorcing in 1976. Knox married her third husband, actor Malcolm Hebden, in 1978. The couple have no children.

Knox has been nominated for numerous awards for her work on Coronation Street, including the British Soap Award for Outstanding Achievement (2005) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2007). In 2010, she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards.

Knox has an estimated net worth of £4 million.

General Info

Full NameBarbara Knox


SpouseJohn Knox, Denis Mullaney
ChildrenMaxine Ashcroft


AwardsThe British Soap Award for Best On-Screen Partnership, The British Soap Award for Outstanding Achievement
TV ShowsCoronation Street

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1[on being awarded the MBE in June 2010:] It was a wonderful honor.


1Mother of Maxine Ashcroft (née Mullaney) (b. 1957).
2Made a one-episode appearance as Rita in Coronation Street (1960) in 1964, in which she was seen in a friendship with Philip Lowrie's character Dennis Tanner. In 2012, a year after he had returned to the show, the two characters rekindled this bond and got married.
3Is one of 8 Coronation Street (1960) actors to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards. The others are William Roache, Johnny Briggs, Elizabeth Dawn, Betty Driver, William Tarmey, Helen Worth and Anne Kirkbride.
4She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
5When the UK Sun newspaper presented her with a surprise birthday cake to mark the occasion of her 60th birthday, Barbara was finally forced to concede her true age, having previously pretended to be some 5 years younger. [1993]
6Recipient of the TV Times award for best television actress. [1989]



Coronation Street1964-2016TV SeriesRita Sullivan Rita Tanner Rita Fairclough ...
Coronation Street: A Knight's Tale2010VideoRita Sullivan
Coronation Street: The Feature Length Special1995VideoRita Sullivan
Funny You Should Say That1972TV SeriesVarious characters
A Family at War1971TV SeriesNursing Sister
Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width1971TV SeriesMrs. Nicholls
ITV Playhouse1970TV SeriesThe ward sister
Comedy Playhouse1970TV SeriesEthel
Goodbye, Mr. Chips1969Dancer (uncredited)
The Dustbinmen1969TV SeriesHousewife
Girls About Town1969TV SeriesSylvia Liversedge
George and the Dragon1968TV SeriesSandra
Mrs Thursday1967TV SeriesMarie
Mr. Rose1967TV SeriesSuzanne Marsh
Emergency-Ward 101966-1967TV SeriesNurse Fulton / Night Nurse
The Man in Room 171965TV SeriesMartha Ross


Rita & Me2014TV Movie documentary special thanks


Hilda Ogden's Last Ta-ra: A Tribute to Jean Alexander2016TV MovieHerself (as Barbara Knox MBE)
National Television Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
Rita & Me2014TV Movie documentaryHerself / Rita Tanner (as Barbara Knox MBE)
Coronation Street: A Moving Story2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
The One and Only Cilla Black2013TV Movie documentaryRita Tanner
This Morning2012-2013TV SeriesHerself
Lorraine2012-2013TV SeriesHerself
Goodbye Granadaland2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Coronation Street: The Big 502010TV MovieHerself (as Barbara Knox MBE)
Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments2010TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Barbara Knox MBE)
Paul O'Grady Live2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
ITV Evening News2010TV SeriesHerself
ITV Lunchtime News2010TV SeriesHerself
Coronation Street: The Webster Family Album2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Happy Birthday BAFTA2007TV Movie
The British Soap Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
The British Soap Awards 2006: The Party2006TV SpecialHerself
Deirdre & Me2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Stars and Their Lives2001TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1976-1996TV Series documentaryHerself
The Street Party1995TV MoviePerformer
An Audience with Shirley Bassey1995TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
An Audience with Bob Monkhouse1994TV Special documentaryHerself
Classic Coronation Street1991TV MovieHerself
That's Showbusiness1991TV SeriesHerself
Happy Birthday, Coronation Street!1990TV MovieHerself - Audience Member
Live from Coronation Street1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sunday, Sunday1989TV SeriesHerself
The Royal Variety Performance 19891989TV MovieHerself
BAFTA British Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Those Wonderful TV Times1976TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The Corrie Years2011TV Series documentaryRita Sullivan
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters2010VideoRita Fairclough Rita Sullivan Littlewood
Stars on the Street2009TV Movie documentaryRita Sullivan (uncredited)
How TV Changed Britain2008TV Series documentaryRita Littlewood
Coronation Street2006Video GameRita Sullivan (uncredited)
Coronation Street: Through the Keyhole1999VideoRita Littlewood Rita Sullivan
Women of Coronation Street1998VideoRita Littlewood Rita Fairclough Sullivan
The Coronation Street Collection: The Duckworths1995VideoRita Fairclough


Won Awards

2006British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest On-Screen PartnershipCoronation Street (1960)
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardBritish Soap Awards

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