Corrie legend Hilda Ogden’s curlers, pinny and headscarf auctioned


Stan (Bernard Youens) & Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander).


Jean Alexander, along with Bernard Youens as Stan, formed one of Coronation Street’s most famous couples

The pinny, hair curlers and headscarf of Coronation Street legend Hilda Ogden have sold for £4,200 at auction.

They were made famous by actress Jean Alexander, who played the battleaxe between 1964 and 1987.

She kept hold of the items, which were among a number of personal possessions sold off earlier, after quitting Weatherfield’s cobbles.

Film producer Trevor Beattie bought them and said he may use them in a film called Hilda Ogden: The Movie.

Mr Beattie, from Birmingham, said: “It is a really important piece of popular culture.

“It is like Charlie Chaplin’s moustache or Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves.”



The pink pinafore and curlers were worn in nearly every episode by the downtrodden cleaning lady

“I’m hoping to open an exhibition of cultural icons and we may be making Hilda Ogden: The Movie so we’ll see.”

He tweeted: “I just bought Hilda Ogden’s headscarf, pinny and rollers. As you do.”

Auctioneer Mike Litherland said the “iconic” outfit was “part of media history”. “She wore them in nearly every episode,” he added.

Alexander’s nieces Sonia Hearld and Valerie Thewlis organised the sale after their aunt died last year.

The pinny and curlers were found inside a wardrobe.


Film producer Trevor Beattie said he might use the items in a film about the soap character

Alexander’s childhood teddy bear Ambrose, which she received on her fourth birthday, was sold for £260 despite missing an eye.

The auction took place at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport.

As well as portraying the downtrodden cleaning lady, Alexander had roles in Last of the Summer Wine and Z Cars.


Jean Alexander also played sly shop owner Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine