Vale: Shirley Stelfox
UK actress best known for Emmerdale and Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 74.
UK actress Shirley Stelfox, best known for Emmerdale and Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 74.
She died following a short illness on Monday.
In a statement, her agent said she had been diagnosed with cancer.
Stelfox played Edna Birch on Emmerdale for the last 15 years.
ITV executive producer, John Whiston paid tribute, saying: “The family here at Emmerdale are deeply saddened by Shirley’s passing, it is hard to imagine Emmerdale without her.
“We offer our condolences to Shirley’s family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers who will miss Edna enormously.”
She was the first Rose in Keeping Up Appearances and also starred in The Bill, Coronation Street and Crossroads.