you're reading...

Gavin and Stacey stars say goodbyes to Margaret John

Stars of TV’s Gavin and Stacey have said their goodbyes to actress Margaret John who played pensioner Doris in the hit comedy show.

Actress Ruth Jones who starred as Nessa and Rob Brydon who played Uncle Bryn were among the mourners.

Writer and star James Corden spoke for the whole cast when he said: “She was a great actress and an incredible lady and will be sadly missed.

“All our thoughts are with the family of Margaret.”

Margaret, 84, was taken ill last month and died in hospital a few days after telling friends she was looking forward to recovering and getting back to work.

Her TV career started in the late 1950s and she starred in shows including Dixon of dock Green, Z Cars and Casualty.

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

But she found real fame as Doris the flirty pensioner who lived next door to Stacey in the seaside resort of Barry.

EastEnder Larry Lamb and Master and Commander star Robert Pugh were also amongthe 150 mourners at Morriston Crematorium in Margaret’s home city of Swansea.

Margaret was a widow who had no children. She married at the age 48 but her husband, musician Ben, died just three years later.

Since Gavin and Stacey ended Margaret returned to the stage appearing in productions of the Vagina Monologues and Calendar Girls.

At the end of the funeral service Margaret’s favourite Frank Sinatra sang Come Fly With Me.

Her ashes will be scattered over Swansea Bay by the crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat.



About ITV Wales

ITV Wales home of award winning news from Wales Tonight and Wales This Week. Bringing you the latest news, entertainment and sport from Wales


Comments are closed.

Tweets from @ITVWales


%d bloggers like this: