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4 items from 2015


Shirley Stelfox obituary

9 December 2015 9:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for her role as Edna Birch in ITV’s popular rural soap opera Emmerdale

For 15 years, Shirley Stelfox, who has died of cancer aged 74, played the television soap Emmerdale’s preacher of morals, the prudish, churchgoing Edna Birch, who always spoke her mind. When Edna was first seen in 2000, she complained to the bishop about the village’s vicar, Ashley Thomas (John Middleton), planning to marry Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles), whom she regarded as a scarlet woman. Her failure to stop the wedding did nothing to prevent her interfering in villagers’ lives after that.

Stelfox’s long, flowing hair was hidden by Edna’s trademark pudding-basin hat, adding to the character’s hard-faced exterior. However intolerant Edna might have been of humans, she always showed compassion for her dogs, Batley and Tootsie, and was heartbroken when they died. Stelfox knew she had moulded a much-loved soap character »

- Anthony Hayward

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Emmerdale stars lead tributes to Shirley Stelfox

8 December 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' stars have led tributes to Shirley Stelfox. The actress has sadly passed away aged 74 following a short battle with cancer, and her co-stars of past and present have now taken to social media to speak of their sadness at hearing the news. Gemma Oaten - who quit her role as Rachel Breckle in 'Emmerdale' earlier this year - posted a photo of her, Shirley and their former co-star Paula Tilbrook on Twitter alongside the caption: ''Devastated. Rip our darling Shirley Stelfox. You had me at ''oh you're a cheeky arse. I like you!'' God I »

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Vicky Pattison celebrated with champagne and trifle

7 December 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' stars have led tributes to Shirley Stelfox. The actress has sadly passed away aged 74 following a short battle with cancer, and her co-stars of past and present have now taken to social media to speak of their sadness at hearing the news. Gemma Oaten - who quit her role as Rachel Breckle in 'Emmerdale' earlier this year - posted a photo of her, Shirley and their former co-star Paula Tilbrook on Twitter alongside the caption: ''Devastated. Rip our darling Shirley Stelfox. You had me at ''oh you're a cheeky arse. I like you!'' God I »

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Mary Berry will never 'get over' son's death

7 December 2015 12:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Emmerdale' actress Shirley Stelfox has died. The 74-year-old star - who has played Edna Birch on the ITV soap for 15 years - has passed away following a short battle with cancer. Her agent announced this morning (08.12.15) that she died at home with her daughter Helena by her side. John Whiston - who is managing director of continuing drama and ITV North - said: ''The family here at 'Emmerdale' are deeply saddened by Shirley's passing, it is hard to imagine the show without her. We offer our condolences to Shirley's family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers »

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