Mavis Pugh Mar 4, 2007 8:22:21 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Mar 4, 2007 8:22:21 GMT 1
Veteran actress Mavis Pugh gained fame on television in the seventies, playing a string of eccentric aristocrats.
She was spotted in a stage farce Talk of the Town (touring 1956)by scriptwriter Jimmy Perry, who later cast her as Lady Maltby in Dad’s Army (1974) and she went on to star in several other Perry hits, notably It Ain’t Half Hot Mum (1976), in which she played chief commander Crisp, and Hi-de-Hi! (1986) as the Hon Winifred Dempster. Her most famous role was as the dotty gin-drinking Lady Lavender in Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s You Rang, M’Lord? (1990-93).
Born in Croydon, Surrey on June 25th 1914, Pugh began her career in repertory in Amersham before making her West End debut as Beth in Little Women (Westminster Theatre 1939). Throughout the forties and fifties became a fixture with Harry Hanson’s touring repertory theatre, often appearing in farces with the actor Hugh Paddick. In 1959 she met and married the actor John Clegg, who later was to play Gunner ‘Paderwski’ Graham in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.
Pugh’s other TV credits included playing three roles in Are You Being Served? (1976-78), an elderly guest in Fawlty Towers (1979) and she was Mrs Barrable in the long-running Ronnie Corbett sitcom Sorry! (1988). She made several films, including The Class of Miss MacMichael (1978) with Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed.
She died in Chichester, West Sussex on December 6, 2006, aged 92.
(source: The Stage)