Keeping Up Appearances star Josephine Tewson dies aged 91

Actress Josephine Tewson, best known for her roles in much loved television shows including Keeping Up Appearances and Last of the Summer Wine, has died at the age of 91.

Her agent confirmed the news on Friday in a statement.

‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Josephine Tewson,’ it read.

‘Josephine passed away peacefully last night at Denville Hall at the Age of 91.’

Enjoying a career on stage and screen over many decades, following her graduation from RADA in 1952, Tewson’s most famous roles included that of Hyacinth Bucket’s long-suffering neighbour and reluctant confidant Elizabeth Warden on Keeping Up Appearances, as well as later on-off appearances in Last of the Summer Wine as Miss Davenport.

Married to actor Leonard Rossiter for three years before their divorce in 1961, Tewson enjoyed a busy TV career.

She regularly performed alongside comedy icons Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker on David Frost on Sunday and Gark at Barker, as well as clocking up appearances on police classic Z-Cars and The Charlie Drake Show.

Tewson’s first big role was as Edna ‘Mrs H’ Hawkins in the first six series of Shelley from 1979, the sitcom created by Peter Tilbury and also starring Hywel Bennett, Warren Clarke and Belinda Sinclair.

In 1988 she also worked with Ronnie Barker again on Clarence, which was to be his last project before retiring.

The wife of late actor John Challis paid tribute to Tewson following the news.

Carol Challis shared an image of her husband and Tewson starring in British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, writing: ‘Farewell to Josephine Tewson. John loved working with her on Last of the Summer Wine. Another one gone.’

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