Tuesday 8 December 2015

Actress Shirley Stelfox dies aged 74

Very sad news just coming through this morning that the actress Shirley Stelfox has passed away at the age of 74. She had been suffering from cancer.

Shirley, best known to television viewers these days as Edna Birch in Emmerdale, had a long career on stage, in film and on television. She had been a permanent cast member on Emmerdale since 2000. 

Carry On fans will remember her for a brief supporting role as a waitress in 1971's Carry On At Your Convenience. She also starred in the films 1984 with John Hurt and Personal Services alongside Julie Walters.

Shirley made her first screen appearance in David Lean's film Hobson's Choice at the age of 12. She went on to appear in the likes of Keeping Up Appearances, Juliet Bravo, EastEnders, The Bill, Bergerac, Inspector Morse, Brookside and Crossroads. She also famously played the role of the Video Dating Agency owner Jack Duckworth used as "Vince St Clair" in Coronation Street in 1983. 

Shirley Stelfox married actor Don Henderson in 1979. They were together until his death in 1997. 

She will be much missed. 

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