Actress Liz Smith, who played Nana in The Royle Family and Mrs Cropley in the Vicar of Dibley, has died aged 95. A family spokeswoman said the Bafta winning actress died on Christmas Eve.
Born Betty Gleadle in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, in 1921, she later gave herself the stage name of Smith.
Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy commissioning, said she “brilliantly captured the grandparent in everyone’s family” as Nana.
Smith also had roles in 2point4 Children and Lark Rise to Candleford, and was the voice of Mrs Mulch in Wallace and Gromit’s The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
She was appointed MBE in 2009 and received the Bafta for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Maggie Smith’s mother in the 1984 film A Private Function.
She announced her retirement from acting in 2009, following a series of strokes.
Her death comes less than six months after co-star and co-writer of The Royle Family, Caroline Aherne, died aged 52.
Liz Smith found fame as an actress at an age when most people are considering retirement.