Rosalind Knight dead – Carry On and Friday Night Dinner star dies at 87

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Rosalind Knight – whose credit spanned from early Carry On movies to Channel Four comedy Friday Night time Dinner – has died on the age of 87, her household have mentioned.

The TV, movie and theatre actress appeared in Carry On Instructor and Carry On Nurse within the 1950s.

Different display screen classics embrace Blue Homicide At St Trinian’s the place she performed a schoolgirl in 1957, and many years later she was a instructor in The Wildcats Of St Trinian’s in 1980.

Extra lately she appeared in Friday Night time Dinner because the character generally known as “Horrible Grandma”.

Rosalind Knight performed Grandma Goodman in Friday Night time Dinner

Her household mentioned in a press release that the actress died on Saturday.

“It’s with big unhappiness that the household of Rosalind Knight announce her demise following a wonderful profession as a well-loved actress in theatre, TV and movie,” they mentioned.

“She was recognized to so many generations, for thus many alternative roles, and will likely be missed as a lot by the youngsters in the present day who howl at Horrible Grandma in Friday Night time Dinner as by these of us who’re sufficiently old to recollect her within the very first Carry On movies.”

Rosalind died on Saturday, her household confirmed

The actress additionally had the final phrase within the well-known 1980 Cockburn’s Particular Reserve Port advert – “Did anybody deliver the petits fours?”

She made her title reverse Vanessa Redgrave within the 1961 Royal Shakespeare Firm manufacturing of As You Like It.

Movie appearances embrace Tom Jones, Begin The Revolution With out Me (reverse Gene Wilder), The Woman Vanishes, Prick Up Your Ears, About A Boy (with Hugh Grant), and The Woman In The Van.

Rosalind pictured in 2017

She additionally starred as retired prostitute Beryl in TV collection Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, with Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus.

Her daughters, theatre director Marianne Elliott and actress Susannah Elliott, mentioned she can be remembered for her “immense spirit and sense of enjoyable, and her utter individuality.”

They mentioned: “Our mom had probably the most astute, vibrant character and made individuals snort wherever she went.

Rosalind in 1982’s Crown Courtroom TV collection

“She was an ideal reader, artwork lover and raconteur. She contributed in a voluntary method to the theatrical world via her involvement within the constructing of the Royal Trade Theatre, alongside her husband Michael Elliott, and her assist for the Actors Centre and the Women’ Theatrical Guild.

“She was an energetic member of her native historical past society and opera society, and was a fierce campaigner and fundraiser for the Hogarth Belief.

“She will likely be enormously missed by all who knew her.”

Rosalind’s demise sadly follows her fellow Carry On star Barbara Windsor, who died on December 10 after dropping her battle with Alzheimer’s illness.

She leaves behind daughters Susannah Elliot-Knight and Marianne Elliott, each actors, and her granddaughter Eve.

Her director husband Michael Elliott died in 1984.

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