Tuesday, 15 April 2014

RIP Edna Doré

The actress Edna Dore has sadly passed away, peacefully in her sleep, aged 92.

Born Edna Gorring and raised in Bromley, she started her career as an ENSA chorus girl before working in rep for twenty years and a decade at the NT. She made her TV debut in 1959 and appeared in countless programmes down the years including Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars, Casualty, Tenko, Gavin and Stacey, Eyes Down, The Bill, Open All Hours, No Bananas, Doctor Who, Shameless and Men Behaving Badly.

Her most famous TV role was probably as Frank Butcher's battleaxe mother Mo in EastEnders from 1988 to 1990 in a storyline that showed the affects and strains of alzheimers.

For me, she is Phil Davis' mother in the 1988 Mike Leigh film High Hopes, pictured above. It was a role that saw her win the best supporting actress gong at the European Film Awards and she would go on to work with Leigh in the films All or Nothing and Another Year. He has described her in the papers as a woman who "swore like a trooper, smoked like a chimney and didn't suffer fools...she was very funny - her filthy jokes were legendary. We will all miss her no nonsense wit, her generosity and above all her uniquely truthful acting"

Edna's film career also included roles in Gary Oldman's Nil By Mouth, Goodbye Charlie Bright, Tube Tales, Forty Four Inch Chest and 1998's Les Miserables.


1 comment:

  1. RIP to another old timer, like her Eastenders co-star Anna Wing (Lou Beale) who also passed away in her 90s last year. I used to see Lou frequenly as she lived in a block of flats near where I worked in Great Titchfield Street in central London, and she often sat out and chatted to passers-by and dined in a local restaurant a lot. Great old girl!. Not many of them left ...