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Lynda Baron – star of Open All Hours – dies aged 81

Comedy actress Lynda Baron – who played Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in Open All Hours – has died. She was aged 81.

Ms Baron starred alongside Sir David Jason and Ronnie Barker as Arkwright in the BBC hit show.

The buxom Nurse Gladys was constantly resisting the romantic advances of Arkwright.

The show ran for four series.


Ms Baron’s agent Donna French said:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved client Lynda Baron.

“She was a wonderful actress and a great friend.

‘Her iconic roles of Nurse Gladys in Open All Hours and Aunt Mabel in Come Outside were loved by all generations.

“Renowned for her leading roles in West End musicals and dramatic productions alike, we have lost a leading light of our world.”

Ms Baron trained as a dancer at the Royal Academy of Dance.

In 2020 Ms Baron, from Lancashire, said:

“I loved playing Nurse Gladys and Auntie Mabel, but I couldn’t name my favourite of the different characters I have played.

“Partly that is because I am really the sort of person who prefers to look ahead and think about what I am doing now and, importantly, what I am going to do next.”





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