Relatives of former Coronation Street star Liz Dawn say the actress is "quite chipper" as she recovers in hospital from a lung condition.

The 78-year-old, who played the hugely popular Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap, was rushed to hospital last week.

Her spokesman Barry McManus told the Press Association: "Liz is recovering in hospital and according to members of the family is quite chipper."

Dawn played the argumentative but much-loved Vera, wife of put-upon husband Jack (played by the late Bill Tarmey). Hers was a central character in Coronation Street for more than two decades.

Liz Dawn with waxworks of Jack and Vera 

Vera was written out of the show in January 2008 at the actress's request. By then, Dawn had become one of the longest-serving members of the cast.

She had been diagnosed as suffering from the chronic lung disease, emphysema, in 2004 and there were further complications in 2007.