Emmerdale star Paula Tilbrook dead: Betty Eagleton actress dies aged 89

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Emmerdale star Paula Tilbrook, who played Betty Eagleton on the ITV soap, has died at the age of 89.

Paula played Betty in Emmerdale for 21 years, joining the show in 1994 before leaving in 2015.

She returned for a brief cameo episode in the Christmas episode that same year.

Paula passed away in December, but her death was revealed in theatre industry bible The Stage this afternoon.

The obituary read: "Paula Tilbrook will be best remembered for her 21-year stint in ITV soap staple Emmerdale as the sherry-loving village gossip Betty Eagleton."

Paula’s family released a statement via Emmerdale confirming that she passed away of natural causes a few months ago.

It read: ”The family of Paula Tilbrook are sad to confirm the peaceful passing of their beloved Paula.

"She died of natural causes a few months ago at home with her loved ones beside her.

“The family respectfully requests privacy at this difficult time."

As well as her lengthy stint on Emmerdale, Paula also appeared on Coronation Street in 1973 for a few episodes.

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