Margaret John, the Swansea-born actress, has died today (second of February, 2011) at the age of 84. She died in her sleep at around 2am this morning in hospital in Swansea after a short term illness.
John left drama school in 1950. Her earlier career included a short stint in Coronation Street in ’65, as well as roles in Z Cars, Dr Who, Dixon of Dock Green and Emmerdale Farm. She is best known as Doris from Gavin and Stacey, and also starred in other BBC Wales comedies, such as High Hopes and Satellite City.
In 2009, the actress received a Bafta Cymru Lifetime Achievement award, with her last on screen appearance being the new S4C drama Alys on Sunday night’s programme.
Last year, on St David’s Day (first of March), BBC Wales broadcasted a programme called Margaret John – National Treasure, which charted her acting career which spanned fifty years.
John recently had a role in A Bit Of Tom Jones, a spoof valleys film comedy. She also appeared in the second series of Being Human, a drama on BBC Three.
On Twitter, Gavin and Stacey co-star James Corden said “All my thoughts are with the family of Margaret John who played Doris in G and S. A great actress and an incredible lady. She will be missed x.”
Also on Twitter, Welsh comedian and actor Rob Brydon tweeted “Just heard the terribly sad news that Margaret John has passed away. What a wonderful person she was, everyone on G&S adored her.”
Rugby player Jonathan Davies also added his condolences, saying “RIP Margaret John aka Doris in Gavin and Stacey. Very sad news, ran 1 mile with her in last year’s Sport Relief. Legend.”
Her agent Gemma McAvoy said “We spoke to her practically every day. Mostly not about work, but about tennis, which was her huge passion. We’d have a catch up with her and we would always be laughing by the end.
“We had a great relationship with her. We feel like she was a friend of ours rather than a client.”
Rest in peace.
1926 – 2011.
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