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20 May 1922
Hampstead, London, England
|Died||30 October 2000
Bradley was born Joan Abraham in Hampstead, London, and took her mother's maiden name as her stage surname. She started acting professionally at the age of 23. She married actor Garth Adams in 1950, and was so until his death in 1977 - they had three children.
Bradley's most famous role was as wheelchair-using pensioner Maud Grimes in Coronation Street in old age, from 1993 to 1999. She filmed 476 episodes during this time, and died suddenly in France a year after leaving the show.
She has also made TV appearances in The Bill, Casualty, Bad Girls and The Sweeney. Her film roles included Four Dimensions of Greta and The Flesh and Blood Show (both 1972) with director Pete Walker, and as the old woman who encounters a naked David Naughton at London Zoo in An American Werewolf in London (1981).