Lynda Baron

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Lynda Baron
Born(1939-03-24) 24 March 1939 (age 74)
Urmston, Lancashire, England
Years active1963–present
Spouse(s)John M. Lee (1966–?)
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Lynda Baron
Born(1939-03-24) 24 March 1939 (age 74)
Urmston, Lancashire, England
Years active1963–present
Spouse(s)John M. Lee (1966–?)

Lynda Baron (born 24 March 1939[1]) is a BAFTA-nominated English stage, film and television actress, perhaps best known for playing nurse Gladys Emmanuel, the object of Arkwright's affection, in the BBC comedy series Open All Hours.

Early life and career[edit]

Lynda Baron was born in Urmston, Lancashire and originally trained as a dancer at the Royal Academy of Dance.[1]

Early in her career she appeared in repertory theatre and several West End revues. Her early television roles included small parts in Crossroads (1964), Up Pompeii (1970), Z-Cars (1971), and the British horror film Hands of the Ripper (1971). Baron appeared on television in BBC Three (1965), a series in the vein of That Was The Week That Was, involving some of the same performers. She also alternated with Annie Ross as the resident singer on Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life (1965). Baron has taken part in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who three times. She was heard as a singer in the 1966 serial The Gunfighters, appeared in front of the cameras as Captain Wrack in the 1983 serial Enlightenment, and again in 2011 in Closing Time as Val.

However, Baron is best known for playing Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the popular BBC comedy series Open All Hours alongside Ronnie Barker and David Jason. The show ran for four series in 1976, 1981 to 1982 and 1985, and was subsequently voted eighth in Britain's Best Sitcom in 2004. Also in the 1970s and 1980s, Baron co-starred in the ITV sitcom Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! and the forgotten BBC sitcom A Roof Over My Head. She had small parts in Minder and Last of the Summer Wine. In 1986 she acted with Stanley Lebor in a party political broadcast for the SDP–Liberal Alliance.[2] Baron also appeared in the 1987 Christmas special of The Two Ronnies. In 1987 Baron starred in the London production of the musical Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Baron then went on to appear in the BBC Two comedy series KYTV.[3]

In the 1990s Baron played Auntie Pat in five episodes of the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (1992–93). She also appeared in the film Carry On Columbus in 1992. Baron then went on to star in the children's television series Come Outside (1993). In that series she played Auntie Mabel, an everyday woman living in a bungalow, set in Denham. She flies round on various adventures in her spotted aeroplane with her dog Pippin. In 1995 Lynda Baron voiced the character of Nanny Ogg in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the Terry Pratchett Discworld novel Wyrd Sisters. In 1997 Baron played Renee Turnbull in Coronation Street and took guest roles in Dinnerladies (1998), The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998), Sunburn (1999), Nancherrow (1999), and Goodnight Sweetheart (1999).

Baron continued to work regularly on TV and the stage in the 2000s, with credits including Fat Friends (2000–2005), The Bill (2000), Doctors (2000, 2006, 2010 and 2011), Peak Practice (2001), Holby City (2002 and 2006), Down to Earth (2005), Rome (2005) and Casualty (2009). In 2005 Baron appeared in the film Colour Me Kubrick opposite John Malkovich and in 2007 starred in a stage version of In Celebration, opposite Orlando Bloom and Tim Healy.[4] Baron briefly appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2006 as Linda Clarke, the mother of Jane Beale. In September 2008 it was announced that Baron would be returning to EastEnders as Linda Clarke.[5] She appeared regularly in the series from November 2008 to February 2009. In May and June 2009 Baron appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in a production of Rookery Nook, a play by Ben Travers.[6]

In August 2010, Baron appeared in an episode of Agatha Christie's Marple on ITV. In September 2010, Baron appeared in a one-off television drama The Road to Coronation Street on BBC Four, about the early days of the British television soap opera Coronation Street. Baron played the actress Violet Carson who played Ena Sharples in the soap.[7] Baron was nominated for the 2011 British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for this role. From October 2010 to February 2011, Baron starred alongside Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd in a West End production of When We Are Married by J B Priestley.[8]

Lynda Baron's other theatre credits include An Inspector Calls, Stepping Out, Entertaining Mr Sloane and The Full Monty.

Recent years[edit]

In April 2012, Richard Kates released an album entitled "There's Something About You", which featured Lynda Baron performing the track, "A Hard Man Is Good to Find!"[9]

On 11 May 2012 Baron appeared in the Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, Mrs Lowry and Son, playing the mother of artist LS Lowry.[10]

In March 2013 she appeared in a production of D.H. Lawrence's play The Daughter-in-Law at the Sheffield Crucible.[11]

Baron will reprise her role as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in a special one-off episode of Open All Hours, to be shown at Christmas 2013.[12]

Television roles[edit]

1962The Rag TradeJune
1966Doctor WhoSinger"The Gunfighters"
Unseen character
1976-1985Open All HoursNurse Gladys Emanuel
1977Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!Vera Parkinson
1983Last of the Summer Wine Getting Sam HomeLilly Bless Her
1983Doctor WhoCaptain Wrack"Enlightenment"
1992-1993The Upper HandAunty Pat
1993-1997Come OutsideAuntie MabelStarring role
1997Coronation StreetRenee
2000The BillSadie Tyler (one episode only)Episode "Catch a Falling Star"[13]
2002-2005Fat FriendsNorma PattersonRecurring role
2008 to 2009
EastEndersLinda Clarke
2010The Road to Coronation StreetViolet Carson
2010, 2011Agatha Christie's MarpleMrs Coppins (one episode only)Episode "The Pale Horse"
2010, 2011DoctorsAg Penrose
2011Doctor WhoValEpisode "Closing Time"
2013Still Open All HoursGladys EmmanuelNew Christmas Special featuring original cast members Lynda Baron and Maggie Ollerenshaw. The show is again going to be written by original script writer Roy Clarke.


  1. ^ a b "Lynda Baron - Questions and Answers - Interview". Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Social Democrat Party Election Broadcast: SDP/Liberal Alliance(06/05/86)". BFI Film and TV Database. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lynda Baron". 1997-12-07. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  4. ^ "http". // Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  5. ^ Published Tuesday, Sep 9 2008, 10:46 BST (2008-09-09). "Lynda Baron returns to 'EastEnders' - EastEnders News - Soaps". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  6. ^ Billington, Michael (1 May 2009). "Theatre review: Rookery Nook, Menier Chocolate Factory, London". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ "EastEnder to star in Corrie drama". BBC News. 28 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Lipman brings Priestley to Garrick | Official London Theatre - Your London Shows guide". Official London Theatre. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  9. ^ There's Something About You by Various Artists on Amazon
  10. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes - Afternoon Drama, Mrs Lowry and Son". BBC. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  11. ^'s+new+Family+musical.html
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  13. ^ "Catch a Falling Star". The Bill. 

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