Beloved TV star Una Stubbs has died aged 84
Actress Una Stubbs, best known for her roles in the film Summer Holiday and the BBC sitcoms Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness And In Health, has died aged 84, her agent has said.
The star, who was born in Hertfordshire in 1937, has had a career in film, television and theater spanning decades, including a recent role as Mrs Hudson in the BBC’s Sherlock opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.
A statement from her family said: “Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her in Edinburgh. We ask for confidentiality and understanding in these most difficult and sad times. “
Her agent Rebecca Blond said: “We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose on-screen and on-stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied, from Till Death. Us Do Part to Sherlock, as well as some memorable performances. in the West End, in Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theater, but also a wickedly funny, elegant, elegant, gracious, gracious and kind and constant friend.
“She was also a very respected and exhibited artist. She will be dearly missed and always remembered.
The 1963 movie Summer Holiday helped make Stubbs’ name after starring in the musical alongside Sir Cliff Richard.
She went on to star in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part and its sequel In Sickness And In Health, playing Rita Rawlings.
Other well-known TV roles include Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge and Miss Bat in The Worst Witch, as well as a role in the episode of Fawlty Towers The Anniversary.
She first appeared onscreen in the 1950s on shows such as Benny Hill and Rush Hour.
After her turn as Sandy in Summer Holiday, she appeared in Sir Cliff’s next film, Wonderful Life and later in his BBC TV series It’s Cliff Richard!
For several years she was a team captain on the weekly Give Us A Clue game show in the 1980s and also made appearances on Heartbeat, Benidorm, Victoria Wood’s We’d Quite Like To Apologise, The Catherine Tate Show. and Marple by Agatha Christie.
She also played Caroline Bishop in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and most recently appeared in The Durrells, Call The Midwife and Midsomer Murders.
In addition to her acting work, Stubbs was also an avid amateur painter who exhibited her work at the Royal Academy in London.
Stubbs was married to actor Peter Gilmore from 1958 to 1969, with whom she adopted her son Jason, then married Nicky Henson in 1969, before separating in 1975.
The couple had two sons, Joe and Christian, both songwriters.
Christian wrote on Twitter: “Some of you may have known her as Rita, as Sally as Bat or Hudson, but to my two brothers and I she was known as mom’s name.
“Thanks for everything Mum RIP.”
Sherlock co-star Cumberbatch called Stubbs a “wonderful, talented, elegant, gentle, cheerful and honest friend.”
In a statement to the PA News Agency, he added, “A joy to work with, to laugh and to make people laugh. So humble and yet so good.
“She lit up the room and will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her, but will be remembered forever with fondness and love.”
EastEnders paid tribute to Una Stubbs in a tweet, saying, “We are so sad to hear the heartbreaking news of Una Stubbs’ passing.
“Playing the role of Caroline Bishop, Honey’s aunt, Una will always be a cherished member of the EastEnders family.
“Our hearts are with his family and friends. TEAR.”
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