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Anna Cropper
Anna Roache

13 May 1938 (1938-05-13)
Brierfield, Lancashire, England
Died 22 January 2007 (2007-01-23) (aged 68)
Tangmere, West Sussex, England
Other names Anna Roache
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960—1999
William Roache (m. 1961–1974)
Children Linus Roache
Vanya Roache

Anna Cropper (née Roache; 13 May 1938 — 22 January 2007) was an English actress. She was best known for playing Joan Akers in Coronation Street.

Early life

Cropper was born in Brierfield, Lancashire. She was the daughter of stage actress and director Margaret Cropper and dentist Jack Cropper.

Personal life

In 1961, she was married to the Coronation Street actor William Roache. The marriage ended in divorce in 1974. They had two children, son Linus Roache and daughter Vanya. Vanya died on 2 March 2018 aged 50.


Cropper died suddenly at her home in Tangmere, West Sussex on January 2007 at 68.

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