Coronation Street’s Helen Worth is awarded an MBE by Prince William

Coronation Street’s Helen Worth, 72, is awarded an MBE by Prince William at Windsor Castle – 49 YEARS after making her debut as Gail Platt

Coronation Street star Helen Worth has been awarded an MBE for services to drama at Windsor Castle.

The Ossett-born actress, 72, who has played Gail Platt on the soap since 1974, collected her honour from The Prince Of Wales on Wednesday.

During that time, Helen has been at the centre of an array of explosive storylines, including the iconic moment that she was nearly drowned by her serial killer husband Richard Hillman.

Honoured: Coronation Street star Helen Worth, 72, has been awarded an MBE for services to drama at Windsor Castle

Honoured: Coronation Street star Helen Worth, 72, has been awarded an MBE for services to drama at Windsor Castle

Heading to the Castle collect her honour, Helen couldn’t contain her delight as she spoke to Prince William.

The veteran soap star donned a sophisticated black blazer over a matching printed blouse and a pleated skirt, teamed with a chic netted fascinator.

Helen made her debut as a young Gail in the 1970s, and was soon followed by her despairing mother Audrey (played by Sue Nicholls).

In her nearly 50-year stint on the soap, she has been married five times, including Brian Tilsey (Christopher Quinten), who was tragically stabbed to death, and Martin Platt (Sean Wilson), one of the soap’s long-serving characters.

Thrilled: The Ossett-born actress who has played Gail Platt on the soap since 1974, collected her honour from The Prince Of Wales on Wednesday

Thrilled: The Ossett-born actress who has played Gail Platt on the soap since 1974, collected her honour from The Prince Of Wales on Wednesday

Thrilled: Heading to the Castle collect her honour, Helen couldn't contain her delight as she spoke to Prince William

Thrilled: Heading to the Castle collect her honour, Helen couldn’t contain her delight as she spoke to Prince William

Looking lovely! The veteran soap star donned a sophisticated black blazer over a matching printed blouse and a pleated skirt, teamed with a chic netted fascinator

Looking lovely! The veteran soap star donned a sophisticated black blazer over a matching printed blouse and a pleated skirt, teamed with a chic netted fascinator

Beaming: Helen was in high spirits as she collected her honour from The Prince Of Wales, in honour of her legnth acting career

Beaming: Helen was in high spirits as she collected her honour from The Prince Of Wales, in honour of her legnth acting career

So much drama! Helen made her debut as a young Gail in the 1970s, and was soon followed by her despairing mother Audrey (played by Sue Nicholls)

So much drama! Helen made her debut as a young Gail in the 1970s, and was soon followed by her despairing mother Audrey (played by Sue Nicholls)

While she has been at the centre of numerous hard-hitting storylines, including her daughter Sarah’s (Tina O’Brien) teenage pregnancy, and the death of her fourth debt-ridden husband Joe McIntyre (Reece Dinsdale) during a failed life insurance scheme.

One of Gail’s most iconic moments came when she featured in a two-hander episode with her husband Richard Hillman (Brian Capron) in 2003, after learning that he was a serial killer.

The famous episode, which featured a slew of one-liners, saw Richard confess he had killed several people on the cobbles, including Maxine Peacock.

Chatty: The pair were seen chatting as she stood forward to accept the coveted honour

Chatty: The pair were seen chatting as she stood forward to accept the coveted honour

So many lovers! In her time on the Corrie cobbles, Helen's character Gail has been married five times, including Brian Tilsey (pictured), who was stabbed to death

So many lovers! In her time on the Corrie cobbles, Helen’s character Gail has been married five times, including Brian Tilsey (pictured), who was stabbed to death

Important: One of her more groundbreaking plots came when Gail's teenage daughter Sarah Platt fell pregnant at the age of 13

Important: One of her more groundbreaking plots came when Gail’s teenage daughter Sarah Platt fell pregnant at the age of 13

Explosive! One of her most iconic moment came when she was nearly drowned by her killer husband Richard Hillman

Explosive! One of her most iconic moment came when she was nearly drowned by her killer husband Richard Hillman

It all culminated in a famous 2003 episode when Richard attempted to end his own life, and the Platts, by driving their car into a canal, and he sadly drowned while the rest of them were rescued.

Her quest to find love has never been smooth, as she was later conned out of her entire savings by Lewis Archer (Nigel Havers), as revenge to getting in the way of his love for her mother Audrey. 

Gail is no stranger to comedic moments either, including a legendary cobbles fight with Eileen Grimshaw, after learning her son Todd had got Sarah pregnant. 

More recently, Gail has been dealing with the fallout of her grandson Max’s grooming at the hands of far-right extremists, to the despair of her son David (Jack P Shepherd).

Oh dear! More recently, Gail has been dealing with the fallout of her grandson Max's grooming at the hands of far-right extremists, to the despair of her son David

Oh dear! More recently, Gail has been dealing with the fallout of her grandson Max’s grooming at the hands of far-right extremists, to the despair of her son David

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