So sad to hear about Josephine Tewson. Me and my nana used to watch Keeping Up Appearances all the time when I was younger. I watch it now quite regularly as it’s still just as funny. Her and Patricia Routledge worked SO well together. The comedy timing was just perfect.
Comedian Josephine Tewson, who starred in TV sitcoms like “Keep Your Looks” and “Last Summer Wine,” died at 91.
Tewson is best known for playing Hyacinth Barrel’s edgy neighbor Elizabeth between 1990 and 1995.
Her other sitcoms include Shelley & Hayville Bennett and Walk-In & Roy Kinnear.
She also worked extensively with Ronnie Barker, Charlie Drake and Dick Emory. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Josephine Tucson,” her agent Jean Diamond said in a statement.
Diamond added that the actress died on Thursday at Danville Hall, a nursing home for actors and other members of the entertainment industry in north London. Born in Hampstead, London in 1931, Tucson began her theatre career. Their credits include the West End musical Free As Air, which also features Leonard Rossiter.
They married in 1958 but divorced three years later. He later rose to fame on the sitcom Rising Damp.
Tewson later became a television regular on The Charlie Drake Show and The Dick Emery Show in the late 1960s. On the radio, she starred in The Ronnie Corbett Affair, The Secret Life of Kenneth Williams and Most of Bob Munkhouse.
She had a long association with Barker, from ITV’s “Frost on Sunday” and “Hark at Barker” to the BBC’s “His Lordship Entertains” and then “Clarence” in the 1930s, which would be his last acting role.
She also appeared frequently on “Two Ronnies” with Buck and Corbett, and starred in several TV comedies with Terry Scott – “Son of the Bride,” “Happy Forever” and “Happy Forever” Terry and Joan.
After starring in “Keeping the Look,” series writer Roy Clarke cast Tucson as Miss Davenport in “Last Summer Wine” from 2003 to 2010.