Friday, January 01, 2021

Mark Eden 1928-2021

Mark Eden, the actor, died 1 January, 2021, aged 92. 

The Coronation Street actor died after an Alzheimer's battle, his agent confirmed. Eden - who was best known for playing Alan Bradley in the long running soap - leaves behind his wife, the actress Sue Nicholls, 77, who plays Audrey Roberts in the ITV soap. She is the the Hon Susan Frances Nicholls [born 1943], daughter of the life peer the Baron Harmar-Nicholls [1912-2000].

A statement from his agent to the PA news agency said: 'We are very sad to announce the death of actor Mark Eden. 'He died peacefully, in hospital, earlier today, 1st Jan 2021. Mark had been living with Alzheimer's disease for some time, and was hospitalised in November. Mark, 92, had a long career spanning more than 50 years, including eight years in Coronation Street as character Alan Bradley. He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughter Polly, his stepson Paul and grand-daughter Emma. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.'

Mark, whose birth name was Douglas John Malin, was born 14 February, 1928. He was married to his first wife Joan Long from 1953 until 1959. The couple had a son David in 1957, but the actor, musician and composer tragically died in 2017. Mark met his second wife, Diana Smith (who later used the stage name Diana Eden), in 1971 with the pair getting married two years later and going on to have a daughter named Polly.

The Coronation Street star tied the knot to third wife Sue Nicholls in 1993.

Coronation Street fans will know Mark as baddie Alan Bradley who appeared on the ITV soap in the 80s.  Mark's time on The Cobbles came to an end when his character was killed by a Blackpool tram.The London-born actor's autobiography, titled Who's Going To Look At You?, was published in 2010.


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