Actress Lynda Baron has died aged 82. Over a decades-long career, the Bafta-nominated star was best known for playing nurse Gladys Emmanuel in Open All Hours alongside Sir David Jason and Ronnie Barker.
A statement to PA from her agent of nearly 30 years, Donna French, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved client Lynda Baron…we have lost a lead in our world. We send our deepest condolences to his daughter Sarah, his son Morgan and all his family.
Baron reprized her role as Nurse Gladys in the 2013 sitcom sequel Still Open All Hours. One of her co-stars, Sally Lindsay, paid tribute to her: “I loved Lynda Baron. She was funny and smart and a pleasure to work with, and she once gave me a pair beautiful red shoes. It made me very sad. RIP Lynda darling x”
Baron was also known for her regular role on the 1990s BBC children’s show Come Outside, which saw her and her dog Pippin go on adventures in a small, multicolored polka-dot plane.
She appeared on BBC soap opera EastEnders as Linda Clarke, Jane Beale’s mother, first appearing in 2006, then playing a regular role between 2008 and 2009 – and reprising the role in 2016. She did appearances on shows such as Doctor Who, Last of the Summer Wine and Dinnerladies, as well as the ITV drama Fat Friends, on a slimming club.
In 2011, she was nominated for a Bafta for her role in BBC Four’s The Road to Coronation Street, a one-off drama about the early days of the soap opera. She played Violet Carson, who portrayed Ena Sharples in the long-running series.
Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, who appeared as Baron’s daughter in Fat Friends, paid tribute via Twitter. “GOD BLESS YOU LYNDA REST IN PEACE. You played my mother for four wonderful and memorable years in Fat Friends…I learned so much from you, but most importantly we ALWAYS laughed together, your energy will live on FOREVER”
Baron’s film credits included the 2020 sports film Dream Horse which starred Damian Lewis and Joanna Page, Woody Allen’s 2006 romantic crime drama Scoop and 2005’s Color Me Kubrick. She also starred in the musical Follies in the West End and in the stage version of In Celebration alongside Orlando Bloom.
Actor Stuart Antony also shared a photo alongside Baron and added: “Sadden to hear that wonderful friend Lynda Baron has sadly passed away. She was the kindest person and what a legend. Here we are with Su Pollard just before lockdown – RIP Lynda Baron.
Gold TV, which airs regular reruns of Open All Hours, tweeted: “We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Lynda Baron who was beloved as nurse Gladys Emmanuel on Open All Hours and Still Open. All Hours. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. »