Una Stubbs dead aged 84 – Worzel Gummidge and Sherlock actress dies at home

Una Stubbs dead aged 84 – Worzel Gummidge and Sherlock actress dies at home

August 12, 2021

ACTRESS Una Stubbs has sadly died at the age of 84, her family have said.

The acting legend starred in TV shows like Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part, Sherlock and EastEnders.

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Her agent confirmed today that she died at her home in Edinburgh surrounded by her family.

Una Stubbs' family said in a statement: "Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh.

"We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times."

The acting icon, who was also known for her role in the 80s game show Give Us a Clue, is said to have been ill for a few months.

Her agent added: "We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose screen and stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied, from Till Death Us Do Part to Sherlock, as well as memorable performances in the West End, at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre, but also a wickedly funny, elegant, stylish, graceful, gracious and kind and constant friend.

"She was also a highly respected and exhibited artist. We will miss her enormously and remember her always."

Stubbs shot to fame in 1960s, appearing in films like Sir Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday – and soon became one of the UK's most loved actors.


Following the sad news, Joanna Lumley wrote: "Devastated to hear about the passing of the brilliant Una Stubbs.

"My thoughts go out to her family & friends at this very sad time."

Gyles Brandreth: "Oh, this is so sad. Such a funny, lovely, gifted lady – a marvellous actress with a special style & a great (and impish) sense of humour.

"I first met her when she was in Cowardy Custard in 1972 & last saw her at Nicky Henson’s funeral last year. A sad day."

She became a fixture on the small screen in the 1960s when she played Rita in Till Death Us Do Part – and was also a favourite among young audiences as Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge.

Stubbs dedicated decades to her career, starring in children's hit The Worst Witch in the late 1990s

She also appeared in soap EastEnders, The Catherine Tate Show and sitcom Benidorm.

Broadcaster Kay Burley wrote this afternoon: "RIP the wonderful Una Stubbs.

"I remember her best working with Dick Emery and also Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday. She was 84."

Comedian Griff Rhys Jones said in tribute: "Devastated to hear our gorgeous Una Stubbs has passed away.

"Loved working with her on Murder on the Blackpool Express. Genuine and beautiful person inside & out. Thoughts are with her family. G x"

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