EastEnders actor Edna Doré dies aged 92 following battle with emphysema

London-born actress best known for playing Mo Butcher in BBC soap passes away peacefully at home in Sussex

Actor Edna Doré, best known for her role as Mo Butcher in BBC soap EastEnders, has died aged 92.

Doré's son Michael confirmed on Monday that the London-born actress had passed away peacefully in Sussex on Friday 11 April, after recently suffering from emphysema.

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Edna Doré obituary

Television, stage and film actor best known for her role as Mo Butcher in the BBC's EastEnders

Edna Doré, who has died aged 92, was not only an outstanding character actor, best known for playing the battleaxe Mo Butcher, mother of Mike Reid's character, Frank Butcher, in the BBC's long-running soap EastEnders, but also an outstanding character; she was an authentic south Londoner who never lost her accent, or forthrightness, and delighted everyone she worked with.

She once told a radio interviewer that she was so fed up with being labelled a virgin in her early days at the Croydon Rep in 1937 that she asked the director of the company if he would help her to shed this unwanted burden. He invited her round to his place at 2.30pm the next day: "It lasted about five minutes, and that was that. Job done."

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The films that defined the Thatcher era

The Margaret Thatcher era left an indelible mark on British cinema – not all of it negative. Here we select some key films that distilled the essence of Thatcher's Britain, for better or worse

My Beautiful Laundrette, 1985. Dir: Stephen Frears

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The spirit of free enterprise underpins the Hanif Kureishi-scripted, Stephen Frears-directed comedy – mordant but forward-looking in its equation of immigrant thrift with modern conservative values. Omar, son of a campaigning journalist-in-exile, turns to launderette-management, drug-stealing and inter-ethnic gay sex to boot. Genuinely groundbreaking in its subtle and empathetic portrait of a British Asian community, My Beautiful Laundrette was a teasing provocation to the mindset of the 70s old left. Daniel Day Lewis, of course, made a massive impact as punk rocker Johnny, a stereotype confounder who deserts his street-fighting confreres for Omar's charms. Kureishi's prescience even ran to the
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