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Friday Night Dinner Actor Rosalind Knight Has Died Aged 87

Friday Night Dinner Actor Rosalind Knight Has Died Aged 87

Knight also appeared in Carry On Teacher and Carry On Nurse

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

Friday Night Dinner actor Rosalind Knight has died aged 87, her family have confirmed.

The family said in a statement: "It is with huge sadness that the family of Rosalind Knight announce her death following a glorious career as a well-loved actress in theatre, TV and film.

"She was known to so many generations, for so many different roles, and will be missed as much by the kids today who howl at Horrible Grandma in Friday Night Dinner as by those of us who are old enough to remember her in the very first Carry On films."

Knight played Grandma Goodman in Friday Night Dinner.
Channel 4

Knight was born in London and made a name for herself in the 50s, appearing in Carry On Nurse and Carry On Teacher.

Over the decades since she featured in many popular TV shows, including Coronation Street, Sherlock, Only Fools and Horses and Midsomer Murders, to name but a few.

More recently she appeared in Friday Night Dinner, playing the character known as 'Horrible Grandma'.

Her daughters, theatre director Marianne Elliott and actor Susannah Elliott, said she would be remembered for her 'immense spirit and sense of fun, and her utter individuality'.

They said: "Our mother had the most astute, vibrant personality and made people laugh wherever she went.

"She was a great reader, art lover and raconteur. She contributed in a voluntary way to the theatrical world through her involvement in the building of the Royal Exchange Theatre, alongside her husband Michael Elliott, and her support for the Actors Centre and the Ladies' Theatrical Guild.

"She was an active member of her local history society and opera society, and was a fierce campaigner and fundraiser for the Hogarth Trust.

"She will be greatly missed by all who knew her."

Tributes to the actor have been shared on social media:

RIP Rosalind.

Featured Image Credit: Dan Wooller/Shutterstock

Topics: UK News, TV and Film