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|Born||Isabelle Harriet Lucas|
3 December 1927
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||24 February 1997 (aged 69)|
Life and career
She moved to London in 1954 after performing in amateur productions in Toronto. She made her first West End appearance in the show The Jazz Train in 1955. She also performed in Walk a Crooked Mile (1959) and Funny Girl. She appeared in film and television roles during the 1950s and 1960s, including Miracle in Soho (1957).
Lucas's first major television role was in The Fosters (broadcast on ITV between 9 April 1976 and 9 July 1977), the first British sitcom to have an all-Black cast, in which she played the part of Pearl Foster, wife of Norman Beaton's lead character. Following this series she appeared in several minor British dramas and films. In 1985 she appeared in EastEnders. At the end of the 1980s she joined the long-running BBC Schools' show You and Me, and remained with it as a presenter until it finished in 1992. Lucas made several guest appearances in May to December from 1989 to 1992. Also in 1989 she appeared as Gertrude in the CBBC series Bluebirds. Her career ended in 1994 after an appearance in Mama Lou.
Lucas died in 1997 after a heart attack.
- Stephen Bourne, "Lucas, Isabelle Harriet (1927–1997)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2013 accessed 15 January 2015.