Jenny Tomasin

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Jenny Tomasin
Born (1938-03-22)22 March 1938[1]
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England[1]
Died 3 January 2012(2012-01-03) (aged 73)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–2006

Jenny Tomasin (22 March 1938 – 3 January 2012) was an English actress best known for her roles in Upstairs, Downstairs and Emmerdale.[2]


Tomasin's first major role came in the 1970s when she joined the cast of the London Weekend Television period drama Upstairs, Downstairs as Ruby, the kitchen maid to the Bellamy family.[3] She appeared in the series from 1972, until it came to an end in 1975. She appeared in 41 episodes.[4] Plans were made for a spin off series featuring Ruby, and fellow Upstairs, Downstairs characters Hudson and Mrs Bridges, however, the series was never made, because of the death of Angela Baddeley, who portrayed Mrs Bridges.

Tomasin's subsequent television appearances consisted mostly of discussion about her time in Upstairs, Downstairs, and her difficulties staying in the acting profession.[5]

In 1985, Tomasin guest starred in the Doctor Who serial Revelation of the Daleks, the final episode before the series went on an 18-month hiatus, as the character Tasambeker.[6]

Tomasin held two roles in the soap opera Emmerdale. Between the years of 1981 and 1982 she played Naomi Tolly, daughter of Enoch Tolly, who was killed in a tractor accident. Her second role was as Noreen Bell, a cantankerous villager who was killed off in July 2006. This would be her final role.

Her films were few but included roles in The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972), Mister Quilp (1975), The Trouble with Spies (1987) and Just Ask for Diamond (1988).


Tomasin died on 3 January 2012 of hypertensive heart disease.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Jenny Tomasin: Actress best known for 'Upstairs, Downstairs' - Obituaries - News". The Stage. 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b Adam Bernstein (2012-01-20). "Jenny Tomasin, known as maid Ruby Finch on ‘Upstairs, Downstairs,’ dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Upstairs Downstairs-Series 2-Episode 1-Part 1(The New Man)". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  4. ^ "After 32 years, the surviving stars of Upstairs, Downstairs ...and what happened next | Mail Online". 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  5. ^ Jane Slade "Curse of the TV Classics", Daily Mail, 25 November 1998, as reproduced on The Free Library website
  6. ^ "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Revelation of the Daleks - Details". BBC. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 

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