Last Of The Summer Wine actress Josephine Tewson dies aged 91

The Last Of The Summer Wine actress Josephine Tewson has died at the aged 91.

The star of British television sitcoms including Keeping Up Appearances sadly passed away on Thursday, 16 August at Denville Hall, a care home in London for those in the entertainment industry, the Independent reports.

A statement from her agent Jean Diamond of Diamond Management reads: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Josephine Tewson.

“Josephine passed away peacefully last night at Denville Hall at the Age of 91.”

The London-born actress attended grammar school before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada), from which she graduated in 1952.

She landed minor acting roles during the 1960s which included shows such as Z-Cars and The Charlie Drake Show.

Josephine also made a regular appearance in sketches alongside comedians Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker in Hark At Barker and Frost On Sunday.

She also played Edna Hawkins in the first six series of the ITV sitcom Shelley, which aired during the ’80s and early ’90s.

However, she was best known for playing the pragmatic Elizabeth Warden, neighbour and reluctant confidant of social-climbing snob Hyacinth Bucket in the much-loved BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.

Roy Clarke was the writer behind the show and also provided Tewson with her most memorable late career role, playing Miss Davenport in Last Of The Summer Wine between 2003 and 2010.

In 2012, Tewson launched her one-woman show, titled Still Keeping Up Appearances? and toured across the UK.

Former EastEnders actress Debbie Arnold, 67, was among those paying tribute.

She tweeted: “So sad we lost 2 wonderful people firstly Bruce Montague and now 2 days later – Josephine Tewson.

“@JudyBuxton7 and I had the honour of travelling the world and Uk with these comedy greats ending up in the West End. We had such fun. I adored Jo”, followed by a broken heart emoji.

The wife of late actor John Challis, Carol, shared an image of her husband and Tewson starring together in Last Of The Summer Wine.

She wrote: “Farewell to Josephine Tewson. John loved working with her on Last of the Summer Wine. Another one gone.”

A fan of the late star added: “Great actress – loved watching her in Keeping Up Appearances. Miss the great John Challis too. All these great actors leaving us for their next performance elsewhere.”

“Wonderful actress, condolences to her family,” penned another.


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