Josephine Tewson, best known for her roles in some of TV’s most beloved sitcoms, has passed away at a Northwood care home at the age of 91.
In a statement posted online on Friday, August 19, Josephine’s agent, Jean Diamond of Diamond Management, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Josephine Tewson. Josephine passed away peacefully last night at Denville Hall at the age of 91.”
Mrs Tewson was probably most recognised for her role as Elizabeth Warden, the nervous neighbour of Hyacinth Bucket, in the globally popular 1990s BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. The show remains the broadcaster’s commercial arm’s most exported TV programme.
She was also known for playing Mrs. H in the 70s Thames Television comedy Shelley and her semi-regular role as Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine, where she appeared intermittently between 2003 and 2010.
Having been born in Hampstead in 1931, Tewson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art after leaving school, before moving into the worlds of theatre, radio and television, where she worked with such figures as David Jason, Bob Monkhouse and the Two Ronnies.
Mrs Tewson died at Denville Hall, a retirement home in Northwood for those who worked in the entertainment industry. She was married twice, her second husband, Henry Newman, having passed away in 1980.
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