Josephine Tewson who starred in Keeping Up Appearances has died
TV stalwart Josephine Tewson who starred in Keeping Up Appearances and Last Of The Summer Wine has died aged 91
- Known as Hyacinth Bucket’s long suffering neighbour she worked from 1950s
- And was also in Last of the Summer Wine as Miss Davenport before she retired
- Her last role was in 1988 with Ronnie Barker on Clarence and she has now died at 91
Josephine Tewson, best-known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket’s long-suffering neighbour in Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 91.
The TV stalwart, who also starred in Last of the Summer Wine as Miss Davenport, had a career from the 1950s onwards on screen and stage.
A statement from her agent Jean Diamond of Diamond Management said: ‘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.’
Josephine Tewson, best-known for her roles in Keeping Up Appearances and Last Of The Summer Wine, has died aged 91, her agent has said
Best known as Hyacinth Bucket’s long-suffering neighbour and foil to Elizabeth Warden on Keeping Up Appearances
Her first big role was as Edna ‘Mrs H’ Hawkins in Shelley from 1979. She was in six series of the sitcom created by Peter Tilbury and also starring Hywel Bennett, Warren Clarke and Belinda Sinclair
Wife of late late actor John Challis, Carol, paid tribute sharing an image of her husband and Tewson starring in British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine.
She wrote on social media: ‘Farewell to Josephine Tewson. John loved working with her on Last of the Summer Wine. Another one gone.’
Former EastEnders actress Debbie Arnold has also remembered the ‘comedy great’.
Pictured: Josephine Tewson in Keeping Up Appearances
Arnold, 67, who played April Branning in the 1990s, tweeted: ‘So sad we lost two wonderful people firstly Bruce Montague and now two days later – Josephine Tewson.
‘Judy Buxton and I had the honour of travelling the world and the UK with these comedy greats ending up in the West End. We had such fun. I adored Jo.’
Born in Hampstead, London, in 1931, Tewson attended grammar school before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) from which she graduated in 1952.
Minor parts came her way during the 1960s in shows such as Z-Cars and the Charlie Drake Show.
She also married fellow actor Leonard Rossiter for three years before they divorced in 1961.
She graduated from RADA in 1952, and was married to fellow actor Leonard Rossiter for three years before they divorced in 1961
Tewson on the ‘Lucky Feller’ TV Programme. It was a British sitcom written by Terence Frisby and made by London Weekend Television in 1976. It concerned two brothers, Shorty Mepstead played by David Jason and Randolph Mepstead played by Peter Armitage and their romantic entanglements with Kathleen Peake played by Cheryl Hall
Her first big role was as Edna ‘Mrs H’ Hawkins in Shelley from 1979. She was in six series of the sitcom, which aired during the ’80s and early ’90s, created by Peter Tilbury and also starring Hywel Bennett, Warren Clarke and Belinda Sinclair.
Other roles included regular appearance with comedy greats Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker on David Frost on Sunday and Gark at Barker, as well as clocking up appearances on police classic Z-Cars and The Charlie Drake Show.
Her last project was with a reunion with Barker in 1988 on Clarence before she retired.
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 he 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, she launched her one-woman show titled Still Keeping Up Appearances? and toured across the UK.
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