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Shirley Rosemary Stelfox
11 April 1941
|Died||7 December 2015
|Spouse(s)||Keith Edmundson (1962–1965)
Don Henderson (1979–1997; his death)
|Children||Helena, Helen, John James|
Shirley Rosemary Stelfox (11 April 1941 – 7 December 2015) was an English actress, known for her portrayal of the character Edna Birch, a moralising busybody in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, and as Rose, the vampy sister of the snobby and overbearing Hyacinth Bucket in the first season of the comedy series Keeping Up Appearances.
Stelfox was born at Dukinfield, Cheshire, on 11 April 1941. She suffered from bilateral amblyopia, which left her short-sighted. She studied at RADA, where her classmates included Edward Fox, John Thaw, and Sarah Miles. She was playing in pantomimes at the Old Chapel, Dukinfield, and in productions during the years of her study the town's Lakes Road Secondary School.
After the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Stelfox started straight at the BBC in a play called The Case Before You in which she played a 15 year old arsonist - where the prompter did not respond to her long pauses. In December 1960, she appeared in her first episode of Coronation Street. She would later play many different characters in the world-famous soap opera, including, in 1983, running a dating agency in which one of her customers was the entrance cue for Jack Duckworth. In 1983, Stelfox appeared in an episode of Grange Hill appearing as a Secretary at the school. She was the first actress to play Hyacinth Bucket's randy sister Rose in the first series of Keeping Up Appearances, but was later replaced by Mary Millar. She appeared in several other well-known television series, including the successful Wicked Women, Making Out with Margi Clarke, Mrs Parkin in Heartbeat, - and Jean in Common as Muck, Juliet Bravo, Coronation Street, The Bill and Crossroads, and Inspector Morse, She played Jane Healy, Melanie Owen's mother, in an episode of EastEnders. She appeared in the short-lived series Albion Market. Stelfox had a long life in different soap operas, briefly appearing in Crossroads (as a police officer), Owen MD and Family Affairs. She had played in Brookside as Madge Richmond (1986–1987), where she depicted two-timed the widowed pensioner Ralph Hardwick (Ray Dunbobbin), and in 1999 she appeared in two episodes of EastEnders as Jane Healy. Among many others of one-off parts, she played as Alice Hobson in Hobson’s Choice (1967), Helen in Civvies (1992), Julie Clegg in Three Seven Eleven (1993–1994), Jean in Common as Muck (1994) and Mrs Nolan in Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married (1999–2000).
On the West End stage, Stelfox played Sue Lawson in Not Now, Darling (Strand theatre, 1968) and Phoebe in Toad of Toad Hall (Duke of York's theatre, 1970). Stelfox portrayed a stand-up comedian in Stand Up Sweetie Pie, directed by June Brown, the stalwart of EastEnders, who must have come across each other on set; it premièred in 1993 at the Nottingham Playhouse, rather than in the West End. She played a role of spidery Regan in King Lear at the Ludlow Festival in 1972 and at the Connaught Theatre, played Lady Macbeth in 1973, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1978 and Yelena in Uncle Vanya in 1974.
Stelfox was married to Keith Edmundson for three years. She had a daughter, Helena, from this marriage. She later married actor Don Henderson in 1979 and they were together until his death from throat cancer in 1997. They lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she helped bring up Henderson's two children from his first marriage. She moved to rural Nottinghamshire after Henderson's death.
Stelfox died on 7 December 2015, aged 74, four weeks after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
|1964-1994||Coronation Street||Norma / Barmaid / Margot Sutcliffe / Shirley Henderson||10 episodes|
|1966||Pardon the Expression||Sales Assistant||Episode: "The Dinner Party"|
|1967||Who Is Sylvia?||Episode: "A Pool of Blood and a Red Carnation"|
|1968||Corruption||Girl at Party|
|1971-1972||Nearest and Dearest||Det. Constable Gloria Simpkins / Clara Wilson||2 episodes|
|1971||Carry On at Your Convenience||Bunny Girl Waitress|
|1972||Budgie||The Barmaid||Episode: "Our Story So Far..."|
|1973||Pathfinders||Grete||Episode: "Sweets from a Stranger"|
|1973||Crown Court||Mrs. Catherine Barnes||Episode: "Regina v Barnes: Whatever Happened to George Robins?: Part 3"|
|1980-1983||Juliet Bravo||Mrs. Collis / Mavis 'Colette' Newby||2 episodes|
|1981||Play for Today||Mrs. Smith||Episode: "A Brush with Mr Porter on the Road to El Dorado"|
|1981||The Chinese Detective||Arlene||Episode: "Release"|
|1983||Grange Hill||Secretary||1 episode|
|1984-1988||Bergerac||Anna Ackerman / Pam Lewis||2 episodes|
|1984||Bootle Saddles||Rita Henderson||6 episodes|
|1987||Brookside||Madge Richmond||7 episodes|
|1987||Knights of God||Beth Edwards||7 episodes|
|1988||Inspector Morse||Mrs. Kane||Episode: "Last Bus to Woodstock"|
|1989–1991||Making Out||Carol May||24 episodes|
|1990||Keeping Up Appearances||Rose||6 episodes|
|1991-1999||The Bill||Mrs. Fowler / Gill Gibson / Mrs. Larch / Mrs. Mitchell||4 episodes|
|1992||Heartbeat||Mrs. Parkin||Episode: "Fruits of the Earth"|
|1993–1994||Three Seven Eleven||Julie Clegg||16 episodes|
|1994||Screen One||Vera||Episode: "Pat and Margaret"|
|1994–1997||Common As Muck||Jean||5 episodes|
|1995||Harry's Mad||Mrs. Turtle||6 episodes|
|1999–2000||Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married||Mrs. Nolan||16 episodes|
|1999||EastEnders||Jane Healy||Episode: "New Year's Eve 1999": Part 1 and 2|
|2000–2015||Emmerdale||Edna Birch||901 episodes, (final appearance)|
|2015||Butterflies & Diamonds||Prison Facility Psychologist|
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