Carry On star Rosalind Knight dies aged 87

Rosalind Knight, star of stage and screen, has passed away at the age of 87.

Carry On star Rosalind Knight dies aged 87: Her career spanned more than six decades. Younger viewers will know her as Horrible Grandma in the show Friday Night Dinner, however she will also be remembered for her roles in the early Carry On films. She appeared in Carry On Teacher and Carry On Nurse way back in the 1950’s and, in 1957, played a schoolgirl in the film Blue Murder At St Trinian’s then decades later, in 1980, played a schoolteacher in The Wildcats Of St Trinian’s.

On the announcement of her death her family released a statement saying “It is with huge sadness that the family of Rosalind Knight announce her death following a glorious career as a well-loved actress in theatre, TV and film. She was known to so many generations, for so many different roles, and will be missed as much by the kids today who howl at Horrible Grandma in Friday Night Dinner as by those of us who are old enough to remember her in the very first Carry On films.”

Rosalind appeared in many films with stars such as Hugh Grant and Gene Wilder. In recent years she was acclaimed as the star of the huge box office hit Lady In A Van. Her comedy career carried on in later years, with her portrayal as ex-prostitute Beryl in Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, playing the part alongside James Dreyfus and Kathy Burke as Tom and Linda-La-Hughes.

Upon her death her daughters, theatre director Marianne Elliott and actress Susannah Elliot said “Our mother had the most astute, vibrant personality and made people laugh wherever she went. She was a great reader, art lover and raconteur.

She contributed in a voluntary way to the theatrical world through her involvement in the building of the Royal Exchange Theatre, alongside her husband Michael Elliott, and her support for the Actors Centre and the Ladies’ Theatrical Guild. She was an active member of her local history society and opera society, and was a fierce campaigner and fundraiser for the Hogarth Trust. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her”.


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