Brigit Forsyth

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Brigit Forsyth
Born (1940-07-28) 28 July 1940 (age 74)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Brian Mills (1976-2006; his death, separated 1999)[1]

Brigit Forsyth (born 28 July 1940, in Edinburgh, Scotland)[2] is a Scottish actress, best known for her roles as Thelma Ferris in the BBC comedy Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?[3] and Helen Yeldham in the ITV drama Boon.

Early life[edit]

After leaving school, Forsyth trained as a secretary before enrolling at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she won the Emile Littler Award.[4] She then joined various repertory companies, including Lincoln, Edinburgh, Salisbury, Cheltenham, Hornchurch and Watford[citation needed].


Forsyth toured in My Fat Friend and performed in the West End productions of The Norman Conquests; and Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi[citation needed].

Her film work includes The Night Digger (1971) as district nurse, the film version of The Likely Lads (1976) as Thelma Ferris, and Crystalstone (1988), as Isabel.[5]

Forsyth played the cello from the age of nine, but abandoned it once she went to drama school[citation needed]. Her ability was employed when, in 2004, she was cast in the lead role in Cello and the Nightingale, a play about internationally acclaimed cellist Beatrice Harrison that premiered at York Theatre Royal.[6]

Forsyth's television work includes Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, as Thelma (1973–74); The Glamour Girls (1980-82), as Veronica Haslett; Tom, Dick and Harriet (1983), as Harriet Maddison; The Practice, as Dr. Judith Vincent (1986); Sharon and Elsie, as Elsie Beecroft (1984–85); Dark Season (1991), as Miss Maitland; and Boon (ITV, 1989), as Helen Yeldham.[7] She has guested on The Bill; Doctor Who; Dr Finlay's Casebook; Wycliffe; Agatha Christie's Poirot; and also appeared in The Sinners; Holly, as the title character Holly Elliot; Adam Smith; Bizarre and Rummage; The Master of Ballantrae; Jackanory; Holding The Fort; Tom, Dick, and Harriet; Waiting; Dangerfield; Running Wild; The Visit; Graham's Gang; I Told You, Didn't I?; Stanley's Vision, as Hilda Spencer; My World; Henry; Nice Town (1992) as Rosemary Dobson; Murder Most Horrid (episode: "A Life Or Death Operation") (BBC2, 1996) as Mrs. Osman; Spark (1997) as Mrs. Wells; and Playing the Field (BBC1, 1998) as Francine Pratt.[8] In March 1998, Forsyth made a guest appearance in Coronation Street as Ken Barlow's dating agency client, Babs Fanshawe. She has also worked regularly in radio comedy and drama.[9]

Forsyth appeared in the 2013 Christmas special of Still Open All Hours and returned for a full series on 26 December 2014.

Her stage work includes Calendar Girls in 2008[10] and Alan Bennett's People in 2013. She had previously appeared in Bennett's Single Spies in which she played the part of the Queen.[11]

In 2002, Forsyth was the subject of This Is Your Life when she was surprised by Michael Aspel at BBC Broadcasting House.


  1. ^ Anthony Hayward Obituary: Brian Mills, The Independent, 25 July 2006
  2. ^ "Brigit Forsyth". IMDB. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Parkes, Diane. "Whatever Happened to Brigit Forsyth?". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brigit Forsyth". The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Limited. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Brigit Forsyth". IMDB. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sweet music from the Likely Lass". The Northern Echo. Newsquest. 10 May 2004. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Brigit Forsyth". IMDB. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Brigit Forsyth". IMDB. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Brigit Forsyth". The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Limited. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
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