Brigit Forsyth Dead: Veteran Star Of British Comedy Was 83

The veteran British actress Brigit Forsyth has died aged 83, her agent has shared.

Mark Pemberton reported that Forsyth, best known for her roles in a string of British TV comedies, died in her sleep, with her family by her side.

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The actress was best known for her role in the 1970s hit comedy Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, where she played disapproving Thelma, wife of Bob, played by Rodney Bewes.

Other credits included TV dramas Playing the Field and Boon. She also appeared in 1980s sitcoms Tom, Dick and Harriet, and Sharon and Elsie, later appearing as a doctor in short-lived ITV soap opera The Practice.

From 2013 to 2019, she was in the BBC reboot of Open All Hours, playing Madge in Still Open All Hours.

Her agent said in a statement that she “had a varied and notable career in stage, screen and radio”, including roles in theatres “from the West End to the National Theatres of England and Scotland. He added: “She was in many radio plays on the BBC over the years and also featured in the Radio 4 sitcom Ed Reardon’s Week. A talented musician, Brigit played the cello, sang and composed, and in later years played with several bands including The Fircones.”

Forsyth had begun her career in 1971, starring in the film The Night Digger,

Pemberton said that she “loved collaboration and helping to develop new works with actors, writers and directors”, and set up theatre company Word Mills Productions in 2016.

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