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Friday 15 December 2017

'Gorgeous, brassy and funny' - stars' tributes to Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham
Lynda Bellingham

Friends, fans and those who have been touched by her courage paid tribute to Lynda Bellingham as both an entertainer and an inspiration.

Actor Simon Pegg, who starred with the actress in 1990s TV show Faith In The Future, called her "a gorgeous, brassy, funny, generous, talented human being".

"My first TV mother figure and treasured friend," he added.

The actress-turned presenter lost her battle with colon cancer yesterday, at the age of 66.

Bellingham's Loose Women co-presenter Nadia Sawalha, who also appeared with the actress in the Oxo adverts, called her an "absolute live wire".

"She would come into a room and light the place up. Everybody loved her," she told ITV's Lorraine.

Christopher Timothy, her co-star from All Creatures Great And Small, said: "She was a life-force. She was funny, she was loyal, she was talented, that's without doubt. She was a great mum, she was a real friend and on-set she was 'one of the boys' really.

"She was naughty and funny. We've all been expecting it but it's so unjust that she didn't make her last Christmas as was her intention," he told BBC Breakfast.

Presenter Kaye Adams, who worked with her on Loose Women, called her "an incredibly courageous person".

"She just had such an energy and a dynamism and you were just always pleased to see her and always felt she was pleased to see you, which is a fabulous thing to be able to do. She always left you feeling better about life," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Loose Women issued a statement on its Twitter feed, saying: "Our thoughts go to Lynda Bellingham's family at this incredibly sad time and to all those whose lives she touched so deeply, as she did ours."

Radio 2 breakfast show host Chris Evans said: "Lynda Bellingham - an absolute mensch of the highest order. Enjoyed her company on several occasions. Outstanding spirit."

Former Loose Women star Denise Welch wrote on Twitter: "I loved my friend Lynda. I will miss her so much."

Another past presenter of the ITV show, Carol McGiffin, said: "A very sad day indeed, rest in peace my friend."

Kirstie Allsopp called her "an inspiration", and Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard said: "So so sad to hear that the gorgeous Lynda Bellingham has passed away. She was just wonderful to be around and will be sorely missed."

Darren Bennett, Bellingham's dance partner on Strictly Come Dancing, wrote: "Lynda Bellingham was a courageous, talented and beautiful lady who I had the privilege of working with."

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