when did kathy staff leave last of the summer wine

After four... Nancy on the brink? Such was her good nature that this did not make her resentful or hostile to her sister, but it did give her an impetus towards playing fantasy characters rather than herself.

Staff completed her 29th series this year. Nora's pursuit by Compo was a staple of most episodes.

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When the pilot programme was shot, Nora Batty saw two men visible from her garden taking away the television sets of a defaulting neighbour, and hastily covered up her bloomers on the washing line. try again, the name must be unique, Show{{#moreThan3_total}} {{value_total}} {{/moreThan3_total}} comments, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful From then on she called herself Kathy Staff, and it was under this name that she first appeared in Last of The Summer Wine in 1973. By the time she left her secondary school at 14, she was head girl. Please

Log in to update your newsletter preferences, Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts by email. Over 35 years, in 29 series, she played the broom-wielding, humourless battleaxe in the BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. Religious programmes were also her forte and she appeared in Highway, with Harry Secombe, on ITV, and Songs of Praise on BBC, while also doing stage work - including The Importance of Being Earnest for Birmingham Rep and many pantomimes as "Dame Nora".

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Nora Batty, with her perpetually wrinkled stockings and hair rollers, quickly became one of the best-loved characters after the show's creation in 1973.

Off screen, Staff liked to drop into Liberty's or the Ritz for afternoon tea when in London, and always dressed elegantly. But Vera's plans to become part of the community were sabotaged by her harridan mother-in-law Megan's heavy-handedness with customers. "I don't want to live in Hollywood anyway," remarked Staff and, as ever, no one doubted her sincerity.

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For several years, she also worked for nine months of the year on Crossroads and then three months on Last of the Summer Wine.

Nora was seen hanging out her washing in the first scene of the Last of the Summer Wine pilot episode in 1973, but in those early days she was simply "Mrs Batty", Compo's neighbour. She was Thora Hird's next-door neighbour in the gritty and ground-breaking A Kind of Loving (1961), did no more filming for over 20 years and then appeared in 1983, also under John Schlesinger's direction, in the TV film of Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables - as Mabel the boarding-house maid. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Newest first, -1) ?

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No hype, just the advice and analysis you need, Register with your social account or click here to log in. Parts followed in other serials and Last of the Summer Wine.

Later, she brought her battleaxe screen persona to The Benny Hill Show (1983-86) and Hill's producer, Dennis Kirkland, gave her the role of Mrs H in the Eric Sykes wordless comedy Mr H Is Late (1988). The kindly spinster was first seen as the housekeeper at Ed Lawton's farm, where Benny worked, before becoming a vegetable cook in the motel kitchen. She lived in Dukinfield, near Manchester – the village where she was born – and sang in her local church choir. try again, the name must be unique, Please The actor Kathy Staff, who has died aged 80, dominated the BBC's hit television comedy Last of the Summer Wine as the formidable Nora Batty, as well as playing leading characters in the television soaps Coronation Street and Crossroads for ITV. Most liked. Last of the Summer Wine's producer Alan Bell said Mrs Staff often yearned to give Nora Batty a softer side. It provided wacky storylines such as the scruffy old man attempting to have his photograph taken in her bedroom and devising a complicated plan to establish her shoe size.

They said, 'If you give us three months' notice for your dates on Last of the Summer Wine, we'll write you out.' Her first job was with the National Gas & Oil Engine Company at Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, which created an amateur acting group that she joined. The actress spent more than three decades acting in comedy Last Of The Summer Wine. Start your Independent Premium subscription today.

Staff once insisted: "Underneath, Nora is a very warm-hearted woman, but she doesn't like to show her feelings.

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Mike Grady, who played Barry, said: 'She was blessed with a wonderful, quite formidable face, which I hope isn't disrespectful, but she knew it. Her cult status as Nora Batty also led Staff to appear with the comedian Les Dawson, first in his comedy playlet "Where There's a Will" (Dawson's Weekly, 1975), then for the 11th and final series of Sez Les (1976) and its successor, Dawson and Friends (1977).

Gerald Harper, an old friend from rep days, persuaded her to return and she worked as a £3-a-day extra in television.

Roy Clarke, who wrote Last of the Summer Wine, found that there was "nothing show-bizzy" about Staff, only "solid good sense and a calm not always found in our shaky profession". She played Mrs Oliphant, a nosy neighbour, alongside Alan Bates as the North Country draughtsman forced into marriage when his girlfriend became pregnant and Thora Hird as his dragon-like mother-in-law. Mrs Staff's co-star Peter Sallis, who played Clegg in the series, led tributes to his 'irreplaceable' colleague, who died of a brain tumour on Saturday.

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