Josephine Tewson, Star of keeping up appearances and Last summer wineHe died at the age of 91.
She died Thursday night (18 August) at Denville Hall, a retirement home for actors in Northwood, north-east London, her agent said.
The Hampstead-born star was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1952.
She went on to play small roles in the 1960’s television series Z cars and The Charlie Drake Show, and appeared in sketches with comedians Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker in Listen to Barker and Frost on Sunday.
She also played Edna Hawkins in the first six series of the ITV sitcom in the 80’s and 90’s shelly.
Tewson was best known for playing Elizabeth Warden, the concerned neighbor and reluctant best friend of snooty social climber Hyacinth Bucket on the adored BBC sitcom of the 1990s keeping up appearances.
She collaborated again with that show’s writer, Roy Clarke, for her famous role as Miss Davenport in Last summer wine between 2003 and 2010.
In conversation with The Independent 2008 about her role in Ronnie Barker’s sitcom ClarenceShe said the role was one of the biggest surprises of her career.
“If you’re Julia Roberts or Judi Dench, you expect people to write roles for you, but not the little old man,” she joked.
In 2012 she toured with her one-woman show Still keeping up appearances? across the UK.
Paying tribute to the star, Carol Challis, who was married to Tewson’s late co-star John Challis, said: “Farewell Josephine Tewson. John loved working with her Last summer wine. Another one away.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/josephine-tewson-dead-last-of-the-summer-wine-b2148715.html Death of Josephine Tewson: The Last of the Summer Wine and Keeping Up Appearances actor dies at the age of 91