Summer Holiday and Worzel Gummidge actress Una Stubbs has died, aged 84

12 August 2021, 15:48 | Updated: 16 November 2023, 13:52

Una Stubbs played Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge
Una Stubbs played Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge. Picture: Getty/Alamy

By Tom Eames

Actress Una Stubbs has passed away at the age of 84.

Una Stubbs was best known for her roles in TV shows including Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part, Sherlock and EastEnders.

She first found fame in the 1960s, appearing in films such as Sir Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday.

Read more: Summer Holiday's cast from Cliff Richard's hit 1963 musical film: Where are they now?

Her agent confirmed that she died at her home in Edinburgh, surrounded by her family, after an illness.

In 1958, Una Stubbs became the 'cover girl' of Dairy Box chocolates, produced by Rowntree's, and she referred to herself as the 'Rowntrees Chocolate Girl'. She first appeared on TV as one of the Dougie Squires Dancers on the music show Cool for Cats in 1956.

Una Stubbs in 1965
Una Stubbs in 1965. Picture: Getty

Her first major screen role was in Cliff Richard's 1963 musical Summer Holiday, and she returned in his next film, Wonderful Life.

She made her breakthrough as Rita, the married daughter of Alf Garnett in the sitcom Till Death Us Do Part in 1966. She also appeared in the short-lived spinoff Till Death... in 1981, as well as In Sickness and in Health in 1985.

Stubbs famously featured in the Fawlty Towers episode 'The Anniversary' in 1979, and then played Aunt Sally in the ITV children's series Worzel Gummidge opposite Jon Pertwee and Barbara Windsor.

Cliff and Una in 1963
Cliff and Una in 1963. Picture: Getty

She was also a team captain in the game show Give Us a Clue in the 1980s.

More recently, she won new fans as Mrs Hudson in Sherlock opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Stubbs was also a regular on the West End stage, appearing in the likes of Pygmalion and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.