Edith MacArthur

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Edith MacArthur MBE (8 March 1926 – 25 April 2018) was a Scottish actress noted for her elegant screen presence. Her best-known role was the Lady Laird Elizabeth Cunningham in Take the High Road, which she portrayed from the first episode in 1980, until December 1986 when the character was killed off in a car crash.

MacArthur was born in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire.[1] She was most frequently seen on television, with a long list of credits including Z-Cars, The Borderers, The Troubleshooters, Sutherland's Law, The Standard, The Omega Factor, The Sandbaggers, Doctor Finlay, Hamish Macbeth, Casualty and Sea of Souls.

Along with Caroline Ashley, who played Fiona Cunningham in Take the High Road, MacArthur cut the tape for the first sailing on the MV Isle of Arran from Brodick to Ardrossan on 16 April 1984.[citation needed] Macarthur was said to have discovered the future Doctor Who actor David Tennant.[2] After seeing his first performance at age 11, she told his parents he would become a successful stage actor.[3]

In 2000, she was made an MBE for her contribution to the dramatic arts.[4] MacArthur died in April 2018 at the age of 92.[5]


  1. ^ Anthony Hayward. "Edith Macarthur obituary | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  2. ^ "Today's celebrity birthdays - April 18". NJ.com. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  3. ^ "Ready Steady Cook with David Tennant and his father". Ready Steady Cook. 6 December 2006. BBC. BBC 2.
  4. ^ Buchan, Jamie (2018-04-28). "Tributes to Perthshire theatre favourite and High Road star Edith MacArthur". The Courier. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  5. ^ Steven, Alasdair (27 April 2018). "Obituary - Edith MacArthur, Scottish actress best known for Take The High Road". The Herald. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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