Lynda Baron

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Lynda Baron
Born Lilian Baron
(1939-03-24) 24 March 1939 (age 75)
Urmston, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963–present
Spouse(s) John M. Lee (1966–present)
Children 2

Lilian Baron (born 24 March 1939),[1] known professionally as Lynda Baron, is an English actress, best known for playing Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the BBC comedy series Open All Hours (1976–1985). She reprised the role for a one-off special in 2013. Between 1993 and 1997, she played Auntie Mabel in BBC children's programme Come Outside.

Early life[edit]

Baron was born in Urmston, Lancashire. She was originally trained as a dancer at the Royal Academy of Dance.[1] Early in her career, she appeared in repertory theatre and several West End venues.

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Her early television roles included small parts in Crossroads (1964), Up Pompeii (1970), Z-Cars (1971), and the British horror film Hands of the Ripper (1971). Baron appeared on television in BBC-3 (1965), a series in the vein of That Was The Week That Was, involving some of the same performers. She also alternated with Annie Ross as the resident singer on Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life (1965). Baron has taken part in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who three times. She was heard as a singer in the 1966 serial The Gunfighters. She appeared in front of the cameras as Captain Wrack in the 1983 serial Enlightenment, and again in 2011 in Closing Time as Val.

Baron is best known for playing Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the popular BBC comedy series Open All Hours alongside Ronnie Barker and David Jason. The show ran for four series in 1976, 1981 to 1982 and in 1985, and was subsequently voted eighth in Britain's Best Sitcom in 2004.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Baron co-starred in the ITV sitcom Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! and the forgotten BBC sitcom A Roof Over My Head. She had small parts in Minder and Last of the Summer Wine. In 1986, she acted in a party political broadcast for the SDP–Liberal Alliance.[2] Baron also appeared in the 1987 Christmas special of The Two Ronnies. Baron then went on to appear in the BBC Two comedy series KYTV.[3]

In the 1990s Baron played Auntie Pat in five episodes of the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (1992–93). Baron then went on to star in the children's television series Come Outside (1993-97). In that series she played Auntie Mabel, an everyday woman living in a bungalow, set in Denham. She flies round on various adventures in her spotted aeroplane with her dog Pippin.

In 1997 Baron played Renee Turnbull in Coronation Street and took guest roles in Dinnerladies (1998), The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998), Sunburn (1999), Nancherrow (1999), and Goodnight Sweetheart (1999).

Baron continued to work regularly on television and the stage in the 2000s, with credits including Fat Friends (2000–2005), The Bill (2000), Doctors (2000, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2014), Peak Practice (2001), Holby City (2002 and 2006), Down to Earth (2005), Rome (2005) and Casualty (2009).

Baron briefly appeared in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in 2006 as Linda Clarke, the mother of Jane Beale. In September 2008 it was announced that Baron would be returning to EastEnders as Linda Clarke.[4] She appeared regularly in the series from November 2008 to February 2009.

In August 2010, Baron appeared in an episode of Agatha Christie's Marple on ITV. In September 2010, Baron appeared in a one-off television drama The Road to Coronation Street on BBC Four, a programme which looked back at the early days of the British television soap opera Coronation Street. Baron played the actress Violet Carson who played Ena Sharples in the soap.[5] Baron was nominated for the 2011 British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for this role.

She reprised her role in a special one-off episode of Open All Hours, which was shown on BBC One on 26 December 2013. It was entitled Still Open All Hours.[6] The one-off special was watched by 9.43 million viewers, almost a 40% share in audience figures on Boxing Day.[7] The following day (27 December 2013), Baron took part in Open All Hours: A Celebration, a programme looking back on the sitcom.

Film[edit]

Baron appeared in the film Carry On Columbus in 1992. In 2005, she appeared in the film Colour Me Kubrick.

Stage[edit]

In 1987, Baron starred in the London production of the musical Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre. In 2007, she starred with Orlando Bloom and Tim Healy in a stage version of In Celebration.[8] In May and June 2009, she appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in a production of Rookery Nook by Ben Travers.[9]

From October 2010 to February 2011, Baron starred alongside Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd in a West End production of When We Are Married by J.B. Priestley.[10] In March 2013, she appeared in a production of D.H. Lawrence's play The Daughter-in-Law at the Sheffield Crucible.[11] She will appear at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester from April to May 2014 in Stevie by Hugh Whitemore, alongside Zoe Wanamaker and Chris Larkin.[12]

Her other theatre credits include An Inspector Calls, Stepping Out, Entertaining Mr Sloane, and The Full Monty.

Other work[edit]

In 1995, she voiced the character of Nanny Ogg in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the Discworld novel Wyrd Sisters. In April 2012, Richard Kates released an album entitled There's Something About You, which featured Baron performing the track "A Hard Man is Good to Find".[13] On 11 May 2012, Baron appeared in the Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, Mrs Lowry and Son, playing the mother of artist LS Lowry.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Baron married her husband, John M. Lee, in 1966. They have two children, Sarah and Morgan.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Rag Trade June
1966 Doctor Who Singer Episode: "The Gunfighters"
1976–1985 Open All Hours Nurse Gladys Emanuel
1977 Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! Vera Parkinson
1983 Last of the Summer Wine Lilly Bless Her
1983 Doctor Who Captain Wrack Episode: "Enlightenment"
1992–1993 The Upper Hand Aunty Pat
1993–1997 Come Outside Auntie Mabel
1997 Coronation Street Renee
2000 The Bill Sadie Tyler Episode: "Catch a Falling Star"[16]
2002–2005 Fat Friends Norma Patterson
2005 Rome 1 episode
2006–2009 EastEnders Linda Clarke
2010 The Road to Coronation Street Violet Carson
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Mrs. Coppins Episode: "The Pale Horse"
2010 Doctors Ag Penrose
2011 Doctor Who Val Episode: "Closing Time"
2013 Still Open All Hours Nurse Gladys Emmanuel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lynda Baron - Questions and Answers - Interview". Londontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Social Democrat Party Election Broadcast: SDP/Liberal Alliance(06/05/86)". BFI Film and TV Database. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lynda Baron". Corrie.net. 1997-12-07. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  4. ^ Published Tuesday, Sep 9 2008, 10:46 BST (2008-09-09). "Lynda Baron returns to 'EastEnders' - EastEnders News - Soaps". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  5. ^ "EastEnder to star in Corrie drama". BBC News. 28 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sir David Jason back for Open All Hours Christmas show". BBC News. 2013-10-07. 
  7. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a540642/still-open-all-hours-tops-boxing-day-ratings-with-94m.html
  8. ^ "http". //www.incelebration.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  9. ^ Billington, Michael (1 May 2009). "Theatre review: Rookery Nook, Menier Chocolate Factory, London". The Guardian. 
  10. ^ "Lipman brings Priestley to Garrick | Official London Theatre - Your London Shows guide". Official London Theatre. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  11. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/news/theatre/london/E8831351848693/Sheffield+stages+History+Boys+revival+%26+Firth's+new+Family+musical.html
  12. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/chichester-theatre/news/03-2014/chichester-reopens-festival-theatre-with-rupert-ev_33751.html
  13. ^ There's Something About You by Various Artists on Amazon
  14. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes - Afternoon Drama, Mrs Lowry and Son". BBC. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  15. ^ http://www.corrie.net/profiles/actors/baron_lynda.html
  16. ^ "Catch a Falling Star". The Bill. 

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