Una Stubbs dead at 84 – TV legend who starred in Eastenders, Worzel Gummidge and Sherlock dies after long illness

A POPULAR British actress who starred in EastEnders has died at the age of 84.

Actress Una Stubbs was best known for roles in the film Summer Holiday and in the BBC sitcoms Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness And In Health.

Her agent confirmed she passed away peacefully this afternoon at home in Edinburgh.

Una's agent told the BBC the veteran actress had been ill for a few months.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, her family said: "Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh. We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times."

Her last role saw her play Mrs Hudson in the BBC's Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Read our Una Stubbs live blog below for the latest news and updates…

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    UNA STUBBS AS AUNT SALLY IN WORZEL GUMMIDGE

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    UNA WANTED TO FILM MORE SHERLOCK

    The TV star also hinted that she was keen to film more Sherlock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

    “We’re waiting to hear if there will be more Sherlock. The boys [Benedict and co-star Martin Freeman] are so busy. I’d be game for more. They’d have to hurry up, though – I’ve said that Mrs Hudson would need a Zimmer frame!"

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    UNA WAS HAPPY TO BE WORKING IN HER 80'S

    Whether you knew her as Rita from Till Death Us Do Part, Worzel Gummidge’s Aunt Sally, Miss Bat from The Worst Witch, Honey’s aunt Caroline Bishop from EastEnders or Sherlock’s Mrs Hudson, Una has been a fixture on our televisions for 60 years.

    In an interview back in 2017 Una revealed that she was happy to be working at 80.

    “Well, I’m so old!” she laughs. “I started when I was just 16 as a chorus girl at the London Palladium. I never dreamt I’d be working at 80. But I’m enjoying it and it’s nice to be wanted, so I’ll keep going."

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    THE LOVELIEST LIGHT ON BAKER STREET

    Sherlock creator Steven Moffat has put a tribute on Instagram for the talented actress following her sad death.

    He wrote, "The loveliest light on Baker Street has gone out. What a woman, what a talent, what a star – and just about the kindest, nicest, funniest person you could meet.

    "I don’t know how anyone even starts summing up that career – Till Death Us Do Part, Fawlty Towers, the incomparable Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge … and, of course, the irreplaceable heart and soul of Sherlock."

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    STARS PAY TRIBUTE

    Following the sad news, Joanna Lumley wrote: "Devastated to hear about the passing of the brilliant Una Stubbs.

    "My thoughts go out to her family & friends at this very sad time."

    Gyles Brandreth: "Oh, this is so sad. Such a funny, lovely, gifted lady – a marvellous actress with a special style & a great (and impish) sense of humour.

    "I first met her when she was in Cowardy Custard in 1972 & last saw her at Nicky Henson’s funeral last year. A sad day."

    TV channel Gold also paid tribute to Una Stubbs following news of her death.

    In a tweet, they said: "We're all deeply saddened to learn that the magnificent Una Stubbs has passed away at the age of 84. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time".

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    UNA STUBBS DEDICATED DECADES TO HER CAREER

    Stubbs dedicated decades to her career, starring in children’s hit The Worst Witch in the late 1990s

    She also appeared in soap EastEnders, The Catherine Tate Show and sitcom Benidorm.

    Broadcaster Kay Burley wrote this afternoon: “RIP the wonderful Una Stubbs.

    “I remember her best working with Dick Emery and also Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday. She was 84.”

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    EASTENDERS PAYS TRIBUTE

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    SHERLOCK STAR UNA STUBBS DIES AGED 84

    Actress Una Stubbs, best known for roles in the film Summer Holiday and in the BBC sitcoms Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness And In Health, passed away at the age of 84, her agent said.

    The star, who was born in Hertfordshire in 1937, had a career in film, television and theatre 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 privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times.”

    Her agent Rebecca Blond said: “We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose screen and stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied, from Till Death Us Do Part to Sherlock, as well as memorable performances in the West End, at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre, but also a wickedly funny, elegant, stylish, graceful, gracious and kind and constant friend.

    “She was also a highly respected and exhibited artist. We will miss her enormously and remember her always.”

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    SUCH A LOSS

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    UNA'S AGENT HAS RELEASED A STATEMENT REGARDING THE 'WONDERFUL ACTRESS'

    Her agent Ms Blond added: "We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose screen and stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied, from Till Death Us Do Part to Sherlock, as well as memorable performances in the West End, at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre, but also a wickedly funny, elegant, stylish, graceful, gracious and kind and constant friend.

    "She was also a highly respected and exhibited artist. We will miss her enormously and remember her always."

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    STATEMENT RELEASED BY FAMILY

    Una Stubbs' family said in a statement: "Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh.

    "We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times."

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    A LOOK BACK AT HER CAREER

    Una became a fixture on the small screen in the 1960s when she played Rita in Till Death Us Do Part – and was also a favourite among young audiences as Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge.

    Stubbs, who was born in Hertfordshire in 1937, dedicated decades to her career, starring in children's hit The Worst Witch in the late 1990s.

    She also appeared in soap EastEnders, The Catherine Tate Show and sitcom Benidorm during her dazzling film, television, and theatre career.

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    UNA PICTURED IN SHERLOCK

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    REST IN PEACE UNA

    Following the sad news, Joanna Lumley wrote: “Devastated to hear about the passing of the brilliant Una Stubbs.

    “My thoughts go out to her family & friends at this very sad time.”

    Gyles Brandreth: “Oh, this is so sad. Such a funny, lovely, gifted lady – a marvellous actress with a special style & a great (and impish) sense of humour.

    “I first met her when she was in Cowardy Custard in 1972 & last saw her at Nicky Henson’s funeral last year. A sad day.”

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    UNA STUBBS DIES AGED 84

    ACTRESS Una Stubbs has sadly died at the age of 84, her family have said.

    The acting legend starred in TV shows like Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part, Sherlock and EastEnders.

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    UNA STUBBS DEDICATED DECADES TO HER CAREER

    Stubbs dedicated decades to her career, starring in children's hit The Worst Witch in the late 1990s

    She also appeared in soap EastEnders, The Catherine Tate Show and sitcom Benidorm.

    Broadcaster Kay Burley wrote this afternoon: "RIP the wonderful Una Stubbs.

    "I remember her best working with Dick Emery and also Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday. She was 84."

     

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    UNA STUBBS MADE HER NAME IN CLIFF RICHARD'S SUMMER HOLIDAY IN 1963

    The 1963 film Summer Holiday helped to make Stubbs' name after she starred in the musical alongside Sir Cliff Richard.

    She went on to star in BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part and its sequel In Sickness And In Health, playing Rita Rawlings.

    In addition to her work as an actress, Stubbs was also a keen amateur painter who had her work displayed at the Royal Academy in London.

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    SHERLOCK STAR UNA STUBBS DIES AGED 84

    Actress Una Stubbs, best known for roles in the film Summer Holiday and in the BBC sitcoms Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness And In Health, has died at the age of 84, her agent said.

    The star, who was born in Hertfordshire in 1937, had a career in film, television and theatre 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 privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times."

    Her agent Rebecca Blond said: "We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose screen and stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied, from Till Death Us Do Part to Sherlock, as well as memorable performances in the West End, at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre, but also a wickedly funny, elegant, stylish, graceful, gracious and kind and constant friend.

    "She was also a highly respected and exhibited artist. We will miss her enormously and remember her always."

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    TV CHANNEL GOLD SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON ICONIC ACTRESS NINA STUBBS

    TV channel Gold paid tribute to Una Stubbs following news of her death.

    In a tweet, they said: "We're all deeply saddened to learn that the magnificent Una Stubbs has passed away at the age of 84. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time".

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    GYLES BRANDRETH REMEMBERS UNA STUBBS

    Gyles Brandreth said: "Oh, this is so sad. Such a funny, lovely, gifted lady – a marvellous actress with a special style & a great (and impish) sense of humour.

    "I first met her when she was in Cowardy Custard in 1972 & last saw her at Nicky Henson’s funeral last year.

    "A sad day."

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    WHAT HAVE UNA STUBBS' FAMILY SAID?

    Una Stubbs' family said: "Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh.

    "We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times."

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    GRIFF RHYS JONES PAYS TRIBUTE TO ICONIC ACTRESS

    Comedian Griff Rhys Jones said in tribute: "Devastated to hear our gorgeous Una Stubbs has passed away.

    "Loved working with her on Murder on the Blackpool Express. Genuine and beautiful person inside & out. Thoughts are with her family. G x"

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    KAY BURLEY PAYS TRIBUTE TO UNA STUBBS

    Broadcaster Kay Burley wrote this afternoon: "RIP the wonderful Una Stubbs.

    "I remember her best working with Dick Emery and also Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday. She was 84."

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    WHAT SHOWS WAS UNA STUBBS IN?

    Stubbs dedicated decades to her career, starring in children's hit The Worst Witch in the late 1990s

    She also appeared in soap EastEnders, The Catherine Tate Show and sitcom Benidorm.

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    STATEMENT FROM UNA STUBBS' AGENT

    The acting icon had been ill for a few months, according to her agent.

    Her agent added: "We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose screen and stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied, from Till Death Us Do Part to Sherlock, as well as memorable performances in the West End, at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre, but also a wickedly funny, elegant, stylish, graceful, gracious and kind and constant friend.

    "She was also a highly respected and exhibited artist. We will miss her enormously and remember her always."

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