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Emmerdale actress Shirley Stelfox, 74, had sadly died following a short cancer battle.

After playing the iconic Edna Birch for the past 15 years, a statement released today from Associated International Management read she passed away peacefully on Monday at home with her daughter Helena by her side.

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ITV executive producer, John Whiston, said: ‘The family here at Emmerdale are deeply saddened by Shirley’s passing, it is hard to imagine Emmerdale without her.

‘We offer our condolences to Shirley’s family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers who will miss Edna enormously.’

The official Emmerdale Twitter account later posted: ‘CONFIRMED: Actress Shirley Stelfox has passed’

More details to follow.