Una Stubbs


Starting out as a dancer, Una Stubbs' first appearance onscreen was in 'Cool for Cats', one of the first British television music programmes designed for a teenage audience, in 1956. In the early 1960s she worked in clubs, cabaret, and revue across London, before landing her first dramatic role in 'Summer Holiday' in 1963, alongside Cliff Richard.

Una made her breakthrough as Rita in the controversial and satiric comedy 'TIl Death Do Us Part' [1966 - 1975]. As the daughter of the racist and bigoted Alf Garnett, played by Warren Mitchell, Rita often weathered her father's outspoken views on behalf of her socialist husband Michael. Una played the role across the entire series and its sequel series 'Till Death…' [1981] and the first two series of the final spinoff 'In Sickness and In Health' [1985 - 1992].

To a younger audience in the late 1970s and 1980s, Una was best known as Aunt Sally, a life size fairground target doll, in 'Worzel Gummidge', [1979 - 1981] and its sequel 'Worzel Gummidge Down Under' [1987 - 1989], both opposite former Third Doctor Jon Pertwee in the title role of the living scarecrow.

Since then her television credits have been numerous, including roles in the iconic 'Fawlty Towers' [Series two, episode five], the British stalwarts of 'EastEnders', 'Casualty', 'Heartbeat', and 'Midsomer Murders', and spots in 'Keeping Up Appearances', 'The Catherine Tate Show', 'Benidorm', and of course, as Mrs Hudson in all series of 'Sherlock'. In 2015 co-hosted The Big Painting Challenge on BBC One, leading the hunt for Britain's best amateur artist.

In July 2012 Una to made a return to the stage in the award winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's beloved novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' at the National Theatre in London.

Twice married and divorced, firstly to actor Peter Gilmore and then actor Nicky Henson, Una has two sons with Henson - Christian and Joe - both talented composers.

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