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Lynda Bellingham dies: Nadia Sawalha pays tribute to 'brilliant' actress

20 October 2014 3:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Nadia Sawalha has paid tribute to her late friend and colleague Lynda Bellingham.

The Loose Women star spoke emotionally about the actress, who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 66 on Sunday (October 19).

"She is one loved woman and I think we're all just heartbroken because her last wish was that she'd spend Christmas with her family so we're all heartbroken for that," Sawalha told Lorraine Kelly on ITV today.

"Anyone who knew Lynda, and who knew her well, knew that she was this absolute live wire. She would come into a room and light the place up, everybody loved her.

"She got me my first ever job on the Oxo ad actually, and we worked together on Second Thoughts, and we all absolutely adored her because she was in that true sense of the word 'the actress'."

She continued: "She loved it - she had none of »

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Lynda Bellingham obituary

20 October 2014 1:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Star with a wide-ranging TV and stage career, best remembered as the Oxo mum in a long-running TV ad

Lynda Bellingham, who has died aged 66, played many roles during her five-decade professional career, but became synonymous with one. Being a mum making gravy was not quite how I had seen my career advancing, she said once. But between 1983 and 1999 thats what she did in 42 episodes of an award-winning TV ad. Since the early 1980s, her name was rarely mentioned in print without it being prefaced with Oxo mum.

During her career, though, she starred on TV as the vets wife Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small in the 80s and as one of two divorcees trying to forge a relationship in the 90s sitcom Second Thoughts, opposite James Bolam. On stage she was best known for playing the lead in a touring production of Calendar Girls between 2008 and 2012. She was also, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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