Lynda Baron: Open All Hours and Come Outside star dies aged 82 | Ents & Arts News


Actress Lynda Baron, best known for her role as nurse Gladys Emmanuel on the BBC sitcom Open All Hours, has died aged 82.

Baron starred alongside Sir David Jason and Ronnie Barker in the series, which ran for four series from 1976.

She also appeared in the sequel Still Open All Hours when she returned in 2013 and played Auntie Mabel on the 1990s BBC children’s show Come Outside.

Her agent of nearly 30 years, Donna French, described Lynda as “a wonderful actress and a great friend”.

Baron with Ronnie Barker and David Jason on the set of the BBC sitcom

“Her iconic roles as Nurse Gladys on Open All Hours and Aunt Mabel on Come Outside have been adored by all generations,” she continued.

“Renowned for starring roles in West End musicals and drama productions, we have lost a leader of our world.

“We send our deepest condolences to his daughter Sarah, his son Morgan and his entire family.”

Lynda married John M Lee in 1966 and they shared two children together, Sarah and Morgan.

Early in her career, she trained as a dancer at the Royal Academy of Dance and appeared in repertory theater and several West End venues.

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

She was nominated for a BAFTA in 2011 for her role in BBC Four’s The Road To Coronation Street, a one-off early soap opera drama, in which she played actress Violet Carson.

Carson portrayed Ena Sharples in the long-running series.

Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley paid tribute by sharing two photos of Baron, who played her mother in the drama series Fat Friends.

While EastEnders paid tribute by sharing a photo of herself as Linda Clarke.

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