Doreen Mantle: One Foot In The Grave actress dies aged 97


Actress Doreen Mantle, best known for her role in the BBC comedy series One Foot In The Grave, has died aged 97.

She died “peacefully at home”, her agent said.

Mantle starred as Jean Warboys, the annoying friend of Victor Meldrew’s wife, in One Foot In The Grave.

John Stape [Graeme Hawley] arrives home to find Fiz Stape [Jennie McAlpine] talking with Joy Fishwick [Doreen Mantle].

Doreen Mantle (left) playing Joy Fishwick in Coronation Street in 2010 with Jennie McAlpine and Graeme Hawley

She also appeared in BBC detective series Father Brown, Doctors and played Joy Fishwick in ITV soap Coronation Street.

Her other credits include My Family, Dirk Gently, Jam And Jerusalem, Doc Martin, Jonathan Creek and Yentl.

She won an Olivier Award in 1979 for her role in Death Of A Salesman in the National Theatre.

John Stape [Graeme Hawley] covers Joy Fishwick's [Doreen Mantle] mouth. He's shocked when he's sees she's dead.

Graeme Hawley and Doreen Mantle in a 2011 episode of Coronation Street

Mantle also featured in her one woman show My Truth and Reconciliation, and appeared in 84 Charing Cross Road at The Ambassadors Theatre and classic comedy Billy Liar at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

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In a statement, her agent said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved client and much-loved stage, screen, and radio actress Doreen Mantle, aged 97.

“She died peacefully at home. She is survived by her two sons, four grandchildren and one brother.”


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