Open All Hours actress Lynda Baron dies aged 82

Actress Lynda Baron, known for the BBC sitcom Open All Hours, has died aged 82, her agent has announced.

Aaron starred alongside Sir David Jason and Ronnie Barker as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the popular BBC sitcom, which ran in four series starting in 1976.

She also appeared in the sequel Still Open All Hours when it returned in 2013, and played Aunt Mabel in the 1990s BBC children’s show Come Outside, which saw her and her uncle His dog Pippin goes on adventures on a small multicolored polka dot plane.


Ronnie Barker, Lynda Baron and David Jason (PA)

A statement to the PA news agency from her agent of nearly 30 years, Donna French, said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved client Lynda Baron.

“She is a great actress and a great friend.

“Her iconic roles such as Nurse Gladys in Open All Hours and Aunt Mabel in Come Outside have been enjoyed by all generations.

“Famous for our leading roles in West End musicals and dramatic productions, we have lost our world-leading light.

“Our deepest condolences go out to daughter Sarah, son Morgan and all of her family.”

Baron also appeared in the ITV sitcom Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt, BBC soap EastEnders as Linda Clarke, mother of Jane Beale, and appeared in Doctor Who, Last Of The Summer Wine and Dinner Ladies.

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She was nominated for a Bafta Award in 2011 for her role in The Road To Coronation Street on BBC Four, a unique drama about the early days of drama in which she plays actress Violet Carson, who played the role of Ena Sharples in the long-running series.

Her film credits also include the 2020 sports drama Dream Horse starring Damian Lewis and Joanna Page, Woody Allen’s 2006 crime romance Scoop, and 2005’s Color Me Kubrick.

Baron also appeared in the musical Follies in the West End and in the stage version of In Celebration with Orlando Bloom.

She appeared in many other theatrical productions including An Inspector Calls, Stepping Out and The Full Monty. Open All Hours actress Lynda Baron dies aged 82

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