Christopher Biggins feels his friend Una Stubbs ‘deserved’ to be given a damehood for her long running acting career.
The actor appeared on Friday’s Good Morning Britain to pay tribute to Stubbs, who died aged 84 on August 12.
Speaking to hosts Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins, Christopher, who appeared with Stubbs in the comedy panel game I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, remembered the star’s ‘underrated’ talent.
He said: ‘Her talent was underrated. I think she should have been doing more than she did.’
The Big Brother star later added: ‘She was exceptional. She was wonderful. It’s a great shame she never became a Dame and I think she deserved it. I adored her, everybody adored her.’
The Sherlock star’s family confirmed yesterday: ‘Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh. We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times.’
Her agent told BBC News that she had been ill for a few months.
A statement read: ‘We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose screen and stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied, from Till Death Us Do Part to Sherlock, as well as memorable performances in the West End, at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre, but also a wickedly funny, elegant, stylish, graceful, gracious and kind and constant friend.
‘She was also a highly respected and exhibited artist. We will miss her enormously and remember her always.’
The star found fame in the 1960s, appearing in films including Sir Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday and Wonderful Life.
However, it was on television that her star really rose, landing the role of Rita on Till Death Us Do Part in 1966 and playing her until 1975, before reprising the role in Till Death… and the sequel In Sickness and In Health.
Four years later, Stubbs was cast as Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge, which became one of her signature and best-loved roles.
Other credits included Midsomer Murders, The Catherine Tate Show, Call The Midwife, Benidorm and The Worst Witch, in which she played Miss Bat.
In 2006, Stubbs joined EatEnders as Caroline Bishop, and in 2010, she was brought to a whole new audience playing Mrs Hudson in the hugely successful Sherlock.
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the titular character, said of his co-star in a statement to Metro.co.uk: ‘Una was a wonderful, talented, stylish, gentle, joyous and honest friend. A joy to work with, to laugh with and to make laugh.
‘So humble and yet so damn good. She lit up the room and will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know her, but she will be remembered forever with fondness and love.’
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