Coronation Street star Antony Cotton leads tributes to Morag Siller


Coronation Street stars have paid tribute to actress Morag Siller, who has died of cancer aged 46.

Siller, who played Reverend Esther Warren in the ITV soap, was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and died at Manchester's Christie Hospital last Friday.

She is best known for her portrayal of Leona in hospital drama Casualty and her role of Marilyn Dingle in Emmerdale.

Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully in Coronation Street, wrote:

Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Metcalfe, said: "I feel very lucky to have met her but I am devastated that she has passed away, she was such an amazing, generous, kind woman and a fantastic actress - just a beautiful human being."

Lee Boardman, who portrayed Jez Quigley, tweeted this tribute:

A statement from AHA Talent Agency said: "It is with enormous sadness that we have to report the death of our beloved friend and client, Morag Siller.

"A brilliant, moving and funny actor whose credits are too numerous to name, we know she'll be remembered for her most recent stage appearances as Voltemand in Hamlet at the Barbican last year and as Puttana in Tis Pity She's A Whore at the Globe, as well as her performances in Les Miserables and Mamma Mia. Her many screen appearances included the ITV comedy series Ladies of Letters and playing regular character Leona in Casualty.

"Morag will also be remembered for her extraordinary warmth, generosity and mischievous sense of humour as well as the fearless determination she displayed as she fought cancer whilst simultaneously raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities. She was a truly inspirational person who we are incredibly proud to have represented. We will miss her hugely."