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Welsh actress Margaret John has died aged 84

Welsh Actress Margaret John has died at the age of 84.  The Swansea-born actress died in the early hours of this morning.

Margaret John received the lifetime achievement award from Bafta Cymru in 2009 (Photo: Wales News)

Famous for her role as Doris in sitcom Gavin and Stacey she was also known for her parts as  Mrs. Elsie Hepplewhite (or Mam) in the sitcom High Hopes, and as Marian Owen in Crossroads during the 1970s.

In a career that spanned more than 50 years she had parts in Coronation Street, Z-Cars and the First Lady during the 1960s.

Through her career she also appeared in Emmerdale, Casualty, Dixon of Dock Green and played Gwen Harris in 1980s drama The District Nurse.

She also held the record for the longest gap between two appearances in Dr Who – first in 1968 and then in 2006.

More recently she stared in spoof Valleys film comedy A Bit Of Tom Jones, directed by Peter Watkins-Hughes.

Paying tribute to her on twitter Gavin and Stacey actor and writer James Corden described her as “A great actress and an incredible lady”

Watch clips of Margaret John acting in a variety of different TV shows from the 1960s through to recent performances as Doris in Gavin and Stacey

She received the Bafta Cymru Lifetime Achievement award in May 2009.

Margaret, who lived in Swansea, was taken ill last month and died in hospital.


One thought on “Welsh actress Margaret John has died aged 84

  1. very funny and versatile actress…

    Posted by Davhuw | February 2, 2011, 3:17 pm

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