Welsh character actress Deddie Davies, whose face was perhaps more familiar to audiences than her name, has sadly died at the age of 78.
Davies enjoyed an extensive career in both film and television often playing meek spinsterish characters. Her most famous role is probably that of Nell Perks, the wife of Bernard Cribbins' Perks, in the beloved 1970 film adaptation of The Railway Children. Other films Davies appeared in included The Amazing Mr Blunden and, most recently, as a bingo-playing old lady in Pride. On television she appeared in several sitcoms including The Rag Trade, That's My Boy, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, AJ Wentworth BA, Time After Time, You Rang M'Lord? and Chance in a Million, as well as notable dramas like The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Upstairs Downstairs, The Adventures of Black Beauty, The Forsyte Saga, Whitechapel and Miss Marple: Murder at the Vicarage. Since 2012, Davies appeared in Sky One's Stella as eccentric neighbour Marj Brennig.
In later life, Davies also campaigned and became active in the issues and representation of the elderly. She went undercover at a rest home for the BBC's Watchdog programme, recording her experiences as one of minimal interaction and inactivity leading to 'a slow death', and was a member of pop group The Zimmers whose single, a cover of The Who's My Generation which highlighted the plight of the elderly, reached number 26 in the UK charts.