Top News

Jane Freeman obituary

Veteran stage and screen actor who played Ivy, the formidable cafe owner, in the television comedy series Last of the Summer Wine

For 37 years Jane Freeman, who has died of cancer aged 81, was known to millions as the opinionated cafe owner Ivy in the long-running television comedy Last of the Summer Wine. She won the part through her performance as the seaside landlady who swung between aggression and ingratiation in the 1972 TV version of Peter Terson’s radio play The Fishing Party. Ivy’s husband, Sid, was also imported from that production, in the form of John Comer.

For them the series’ writer Roy Clarke created scenes that, while more varied and subtle, recalled the world of McGill’s seaside postcards; Ivy was like the northern women depicted by the comedian Les Dawson. Comer’s death in 1984 robbed Ivy of marital sparring, but she retained her bite. Affronted when Kathy Staff

See full article on The Guardian - TV News