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Barbara Knox (born 30 September 1933, née Brothwood) is an English actress mainly known for playing `Rita Sullivan in the television soap opera Coronation Street.
Knox was born in Oldham, Lancashire. Her mother worked in the mill while her father was a moulder at Platt`s Foundry, and later a fireman. She married Denis Mullaney in 1954, with whom she had one child. Upon their divorce in 1977, she married John Knox. That marriage also ended in 1994, but she chose to keep the name "Knox" professionally. Barbara Knox also has a daughter named Maxine from a previous relationship.
She left school at 15 and worked as a telegraphist in the Police Office, learning shorthand, typing and had to pass Civil Service exams. She also worked in offices, shops and factory. During this time she took part in amateur theatre until Carl Paulson, who ran Oldham Rep, asked her to appear in The Boyfriend, which was her professional stage debut. But she wasn`t paid a penny for some considerable time during her 12-year spell there learning the craft.
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Barbara Knox (born 30 September 1933), is a British actress, known for her portrayal of Rita Tanner in the television soap opera Coronation Street. She appeared for one episode as Rita in 1964, before becoming a regular cast member from 1972 onwards.
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