Barbara New

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Barbara New
Born Barbara Helene New[1]
(1923-05-09)9 May 1923
Hammersmith, London[2]
Died 24 May 2010(2010-05-24) (aged 87)
London, England
Occupation actress
Spouse(s) Michael Barrington (1956–1988) (his death)

Barbara New (9 May 1923 – 24 May 2010)[1] was an English character actress, well known for playing Mabel the scullery maid in the David Croft sitcom You Rang M'Lord?. Following this role, she appeared as Vera Plumtree in Oh, Doctor Beeching!. She had previously played smaller parts in Croft's earlier sitcoms Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi!.

She also played many other roles in British television programmes including Z-Cars, Emu's Broadcasting Company, Ripping Yarns and the silent Ronnie Barker comedy By the Sea. One of her last screen appearances was as Ali G's Nan in the 2002 film Ali G Indahouse.

She was married to actor Michael Barrington.

Television Roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1975 The Picnic The Aunt
1975 Porridge Series 2 Episode 4 No Peace for the Wicked Home Office Visitor
1975 Within These Walls Series 2 Episode 3 Prisoner
1973 to 1980 The Two Ronnies Various
1982 By the Sea The Aunt
1986 Bread (TV series) Series 1, Episode 2 May's neighbour
1988 to 1993 You Rang M'Lord? Mabel
1996 Casualty May Davies
1996 to 1997 Oh, Doctor Beeching! Vera Plumtree


  1. ^ a b Obituary
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 

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