Brigit Forsyth: cause of death, age, net worth, husband, kids, family tree revealed

Brigit Forsyth
Brigit Forsyth pictured in 2012

Brigit Forsyth was a veteran British actress who died on 1 December 2023.

The actress was best known for her role in the 1970s hit comedy Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, where she played disapproving Thelma, wife of Bob, played by Rodney Bewes.

Other credits included TV dramas Playing the Field and Boon. She also appeared in 1980s sitcoms Tom, Dick and Harriet, and Sharon and Elsie, later appearing as a doctor in short-lived ITV soap opera The Practice.

From 2013 to 2019, she was in the BBC reboot of Open All Hours, playing Madge in Still Open All Hours.

Brigit Forsyth

Brigit Forsyth cause of death

Her agent Mark Pemberton reported that Forsyth, best known for her roles in a string of British TV comedies, died in her sleep, with her family by her side.

He said in a statement that she “had a varied and notable career in stage, screen and radio”, including roles in theatres “from the West End to the National Theatres of England and Scotland.

He added: “She was in many radio plays on the BBC over the years and also featured in the Radio 4 sitcom Ed Reardon’s Week. A talented musician, Brigit played the cello, sang and composed, and in later years played with several bands including The Fircones.”

Pemberton said that she “loved collaboration and helping to develop new works with actors, writers and directors”, and set up theatre company Word Mills Productions in 2016.

The cause of her death was not disclosed in the statement.

Brigit Forsyth age

Brigit Forsyth was 83 years old when she died on 1 December 2023. She was born on 28 July 1940 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

After leaving St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh, Forsyth trained as a secretary before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she won the Emile Littler Award.

Forsyth’s career began with the Roald Dahl-scripted The Night Digger (1971), playing a district nurse. Her film work also included a version of The Likely Lads (1976) as Thelma Ferris.

Brigit Forsyth played the cello from the age of nine, but abandoned it once she went to drama school; her ability was employed when, in 2004, she was cast in the lead role in Cello and the Nightingale, a play about internationally known cellist Beatrice Harrison that premiered at York Theatre Royal and in Killing Time (2019), an off-Broadway production in which she played the instrument and wrote the music.

Forsyth’s best-known television work was Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? as Thelma Chambers / Thelma Ferris (1972–74).

She also appeared in The Glamour Girls (1980-82) as Veronica Haslett; Tom, Dick and Harriet (1983) as Harriet Maddison, The Practice as Dr. Judith Vincent (1986), Sharon and Elsie as Elsie Beecroft (1984–85), Playing the Field (BBC1, 1998) as Francine Pratt, and Boon (ITV, 1989) as Helen Yeldham.

She guest-starred in a number of other television shows such as The Bill , Doctor Who, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Coronation Street.

In 2002, Forsyth was the subject of This Is Your Life when she was surprised by Michael Aspel at BBC Broadcasting House.

Forsyth appeared in the 2013 Christmas special of Still Open All Hours and returned for a full series on 26 December 2014 as Madge, sister of Maggie Ollerenshaw’s character Mavis.

In 2013, Forsyth appeared as Mrs. Jennings in Helen Edmundson’s BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and as the recurring character of Pearl in Ed Reardon’s Week.

Her stage work included Calendar Girls in 2008 and Alan Bennett’s People in 2013.

She had previously appeared in a Radio 4 production of Bennett’s Single Spies in which she played the part of Coral Browne.

In 2015, she appeared in Now This is Not the End at the Arcola Theatre in London.

Brigit Forsyth
Forsyth pictured as Madge in the corner shop in Still Open All Hours

Brigit Forsyth net worth

Brigit Forsyth’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million.

Brigit Forsyth husband

Brigit Forsyth was married to Brian Mills, a television director, from 1975 until his death in 2006.

Brigit Forsyth kids

Brigit Forsyth had two children with her husband Brian Mills, who was a television director.

Their names are Zoe Mills and Ben Mills. Zoe Mills is an actress and writer who has appeared in several television shows and films, such as Doctors, Casualty, and The Lady in the Van.

Ben Mills is a composer and sound designer who has worked on various projects, such as The Crown, The Night Manager, and The King’s Speech.

Brigit Forsyth family

Husband: Brian Mills (1975 – 2006) .
Children: Zoe Mills and Ben Mills .
Parents: Unknown.
Siblings: Unknown.

Brigit Forsyth death

Brigit Forsyth died on 1 December 2023, at the age of 83


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