Monday, 20 October 2014

RIP Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham has sadly lost her battle with cancer aged 66.

If I'm being candid, she was never what I'd call a favourite actress of mine, but the fact remains if you grew up in the 1980s she was a big part of TV, playing maternal stereotypes such as the Oxo mum in the famous series of adverts for the cooking stock (pictured above) and as the second actress to play Helen Herriot, wife of James Herriot, in the BBC adaptations of his books, All Creatures Great and Small (below) before going on to star in ITV sitcoms such as Second Thoughts and its sequel Faith in the Future

She also gained cult credentials appearing in the likes of The Sweeney, Blake's 7 and Doctor Who's epic 1986 season The Trial of a Timelord