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24 March 1939 |
Urmston, Lancashire, England
|Spouse(s)||John M. Lee (1966–?)|
Lynda Baron (born 24 March 1939) is a BAFTA-nominated British stage, film and television actress, best known for playing Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the BBC comedy series Open All Hours which ran from 1976 until 1985 and was reprised for a one-off special in 2013.
Early life and career
Early in her career she appeared in repertory theatre and several West End revues. 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 Three (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, appeared in front of the cameras as Captain Wrack in the 1983 serial Enlightenment, and again in 2011 in Closing Time as Val.
However, 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 1985, and was subsequently voted eighth in Britain's Best Sitcom in 2004. Also 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 with Stanley Lebor in a party political broadcast for the SDP–Liberal Alliance. Baron also appeared in the 1987 Christmas special of The Two Ronnies. In 1987 Baron starred in the London production of the musical Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Baron then went on to appear in the BBC Two comedy series KYTV.
In the 1990s Baron played Auntie Pat in five episodes of the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (1992–93). She also appeared in the film Carry On Columbus in 1992. Baron then went on to star in the children's television series Come Outside (1993). 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 1995 Lynda Baron voiced the character of Nanny Ogg in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the Terry Pratchett Discworld novel Wyrd Sisters. 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 TV and the stage in the 2000s, with credits including Fat Friends (2000–2005), The Bill (2000), Doctors (2000, 2006, 2010 and 2011), Peak Practice (2001), Holby City (2002 and 2006), Down to Earth (2005), Rome (2005) and Casualty (2009). In 2005 Baron appeared in the film Colour Me Kubrick opposite John Malkovich and in 2007 starred in a stage version of In Celebration, opposite Orlando Bloom and Tim Healy. Baron briefly appeared in the BBC 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. She appeared regularly in the series from November 2008 to February 2009. In May and June 2009 Baron appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in a production of Rookery Nook, a play by Ben Travers.
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, about the early days of the British television soap opera Coronation Street. Baron played the actress Violet Carson who played Ena Sharples in the soap. Baron was nominated for the 2011 British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for this role. 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.
In April 2012, Richard Kates released an album entitled "There's Something About You", which featured Lynda Baron performing the track, "A Hard Man Is Good to Find!"
|1962||The Rag Trade||June|
|1966||Doctor Who||Singer||"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 Getting Sam Home||Lilly Bless Her|
|1983||Doctor Who||Captain Wrack||"Enlightenment"|
|1992-1993||The Upper Hand||Aunty Pat|
|1993-1997||Come Outside||Auntie Mabel||Starring role|
|2000||The Bill||Sadie Tyler (one episode only)||Episode "Catch a Falling Star"|
|2002-2005||Fat Friends||Norma Patterson||Recurring role|
2008 to 2009
|2010||The Road to Coronation Street||Violet Carson|
|2010, 2011||Agatha Christie's Marple||Mrs Coppins (one episode)||Episode "The Pale Horse"|
|2010, 2011||Doctors||Ag Penrose|
|2011||Doctor Who||Val||Episode "Closing Time"|
|2013||Still Open All Hours||Gladys Emmanuel||New Christmas Special featuring original cast members Lynda Baron and Maggie Ollerenshaw. The show is again going to be written by original script writer Roy Clarke.|
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- Billington, Michael (1 May 2009). "Theatre review: Rookery Nook, Menier Chocolate Factory, London". The Guardian.
- "EastEnder to star in Corrie drama". BBC News. 28 June 2010.
- "Lipman brings Priestley to Garrick | Official London Theatre - Your London Shows guide". Official London Theatre. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
- There's Something About You by Various Artists on Amazon
- "Radio 4 Programmes - Afternoon Drama, Mrs Lowry and Son". BBC. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
- "Catch a Falling Star". The Bill.