Josephine Tewson dead: Keeping Up Appearances and Last of the Summer Wine star dies aged 91, agent confirms | The Sun

BRIT sitcom actress Josephine Tewson has died, it has been announced this afternoon.

The star, best-known for her role in Keeping Up Appearances, was 91.

Tewson was a star of both stage and the small screen.

However, her role as Elizabeth 'Liz' Warden – the long-suffering neighbour of Hyacinth Bucket – catapulted her into British TV stardom.

She appeared on almost every episode for the five-series run.

The actress was also a hugely popular face on a range of other comedy series.

She played Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine and Edna Hawkins in Shelley.

Tewson was also a regular performer in sketches featuring Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker on David Frost on Sunday and Hark at Barker.

She also appeared in BBC Radio Comedy programme Mostly Monkhouse with David Jason.

In 1988, she teamed up with Ronnie Barker again to play Jane Tracers in his sitcom Clarence.

It was to be his last starring television role before his retirement.

In an interview in 2008, she told The Independent the role was one of her biggest professional surprises.

"If you're Julia Roberts or Judi Dench you expect people to write parts for you, but not little old me," she joked.

Tewson worked until 2019 on her own one-woman show, Still Keeping Up Appearances?

Her agent, Jean Diamond of Diamond Management, said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm the passing of Josephine Tewson.

"Josephine passed away peacefully last night at Denville Hall at the age of 91."

Tewson was born in London to William, a professional musician who played the double bass in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Kate, a nurse.

Her grandfather was Haydn Morley, who captained Sheffield Wednesday in the 1890 FA Cup Final.

She was married to actor Leonard Rossiter before their divorce in the 60s, and later wed Henry Newman in the 70s. He died in 1980.


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