Una Stubbs, known for EastEnders and Worzel Gummidge, has died aged 84
Una Stubbs has died at the age of 84.
The actress, who was known for he roles in TV shows like Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part, Sherlock and EastEnders, passed away at her home in Edinburgh, her agent has confirmed.
Her agent said she had been ill for a few months before she died.
In a statement, her sons Joe and Christian Henson and Jason Gilmore said: “Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh.
“We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times.”
Her agent Rebecca Blond, who represented Una for more than 20 years, said she would “miss her enormously and remember her always”.
Blond said: “We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose screen and stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied, from Till Death Us Do Part to Sherlock, as well as memorable performances in the West End, at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre, but also a wickedly funny, elegant, stylish, graceful, gracious and kind and constant friend.
“She was also a highly respected and exhibited artist.”
Una became widely known for appearing in the film Summer Holiday alongside Cliff Richard in 1963.
In more recent years, Una was known for playing Sherlock Holmes’ landlady Mrs. Hudson in the BAFTA award-winning television series Sherlock.
She also starred in six episodes of EastEnders as Caroline Bishop in 2006.
Una also played Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge during its original run from 1979 to 1981.
Another memorable role was playing Miss Bat in children’s show The Worst Witch.
The TV star also starred in several films, including Swingers’ Paradise, Three Hats for Lisa and Till Death Do Us Part.
Others TV roles included The Catherine Tate Show and sitcom Benidorm.
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On top of this, Una was a regular on the game show Don’t Say A Word and its follow-up Give us a Clue.
Her celebrity friends have been paying tribute to Una on Twitter.
Joanna Lumley wrote: “Devastated to hear about the passing of the brilliant Una Stubbs.
“My thoughts go out to her family & friends at this very sad time.”
Gyles Brandreth said: “Oh, this is so sad. Such a funny, lovely, gifted lady – a marvellous actress with a special style & a great (and impish) sense of humour.
“I first met her when she was in Cowardy Custard in 1972 & last saw her at Nicky Henson’s funeral last year. A sad day.”
Sherlock was one of Una’s last roles, and she starred alongside Benedict Cumberbath and Martin Freeman as Sherlock and Watson’s landlady.
The last episode of the BBC series aired in January 2017.
Una’s last TV appearance came later that year when she starred in Murder on the Blackpool Express.
The TV film also starred Johnny Vegas, Sian Gibson and Sheila Reid.