The comedy actress Josephine Tewson, known for her roles in Keeping Up Appearances and There’s Something About Mary, has died. She was 91 years old.
In Keeping Up Appearances between 1990-95, Tewson played Elizabeth, Hyacinth Bucket’s nervous next-door neighbor.
Other sitcoms she had roles in included Shelley with Hywel Bennett and No Assignment Necessary with Roy Kinnear.
Ronnie Barker, Charlie Drake, and Dick Emery were also frequent collaborators.
Jean Diamond, her agent, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Josephine Tewson.”
On Thursday, the actress passed away at Denville Hall, which caters to actors and other entertainers in north London, Diamond include.
She was born in Hampstead, London, in 1931 and began her career in theatre. Her West End productions included the musical Free As Air, in which Leonard Rossiter starred.
After getting married in 1958, they divorced three years later. The sitcom Rising Damp made him famous.
Tewson was a regular on The Charlie Drake Show and The Dick Emery Show in the late 1960s. On radio, she appeared in The Ronnie Corbett Thing, Kenneth Williams’ Secret Life, and Bob Monkhouse’s Mostly Monkhouse.
The actress had a long association with Barker, performing in Frost on Sunday, Hark at Barker, Lordship Entertainers, and Clarence, his last film, 1930s-set.
She has starred in several TV comedies – The Two Ronnies with Barker and Corbett and several TV comedies – Terry and June, Happy Ever After, and Son of the Bride.
Having starred in Keeping Up Appearances, the show’s writer Roy Clarke cast Tewson as Miss Davenport on Last of the Summer Wine from 2003 to 2010.