Last of the Summer Wine star Dora Bryan passes away at the age of 91

Dora Bryan

Dora Bryan

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The family of Brighton-based actress Dora Bryan has announced her death.

Mrs Bryan who starred in Last of the Summer Wine, the St Trinian’s films and Absolutely Fabulous died today. She was 91.

Prior to her death she had been living at Springfields Nursing Home in Hove.

In her later life she was confined to a wheelchair but attended an exhibition to celebrate her career at Rottingdean Museum last year.

Mrs Bryan passed away with her sons Daniel and William Lawton at her bedside.

Daniel Lawton said: "It was heartbreaking but it was peaceful. She just left us.

"She was a tiny woman but her constitution was incredible.

"She loved being on stage, that's what she wanted. Not only did she do it, but she was good at it.

"She was a star, and a mum."

Mrs Bryan had owned Clarges Hotel in Marine Parade, Brighton, with her late husband Bill Lawton, who she met when she was 18.

They lived together in Hove up until his death.

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3:39pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Kit Napier says...

RIP you lovely talented funny lady, you gave millions so much pleasure over many years. The world will be lonelier without your permanent smile.
RIP you lovely talented funny lady, you gave millions so much pleasure over many years. The world will be lonelier without your permanent smile. Kit Napier
  • Score: 71

4:35pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Loved you in A Taste of Honey.
Loved you in A Taste of Honey. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: 35

5:04pm Wed 23 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

WHO ?????????????
WHO ????????????? chrismilo
  • Score: -83

5:42pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Martha Gunn says...

RIP Dora.

Hugely talented

A great Brighton and Kemptown character.
RIP Dora. Hugely talented A great Brighton and Kemptown character. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 44

5:47pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

chrismilo wrote:
WHO ?????????????
Who are you, you mean? (Your question is unclear) - A person of no importance I imagine...
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: WHO ?????????????[/p][/quote]Who are you, you mean? (Your question is unclear) - A person of no importance I imagine... Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: 44

5:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Ouseler says...

chrismilo wrote:
WHO ?????????????
Thanks for all the laughs over the years Dora, sleep well.
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: WHO ?????????????[/p][/quote]Thanks for all the laughs over the years Dora, sleep well. Ouseler
  • Score: 36

6:22pm Wed 23 Jul 14

BlackRocker says...

Dora Bryan's hotel was Clarges at 115-119 Marine Parade, Brighton. Claridge's Hotel is at 49 Brook St, London.
Dora Bryan's hotel was Clarges at 115-119 Marine Parade, Brighton. Claridge's Hotel is at 49 Brook St, London. BlackRocker
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

firemanste says...

rip dora. the line i always remember from this talented woman was i claim this reward on behalf of st trinians.
rip dora. the line i always remember from this talented woman was i claim this reward on behalf of st trinians. firemanste
  • Score: 17

6:59pm Wed 23 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

She was unique - a celebrated performer on the stage, TV, radio and films for many years, who started her career as a toddler on the stage. She turned up in masses of British movies from the 40s onwards (maybe even the 30s), and some of them are great classics, such as "A Taste Of Honey" and "The Fallen Idol". She was a very funny comedienne, a highly talented singer and dancer, and a clever actress who appeared among other things, in Restoration comedy, Harold Pinter drama, Alan Ayckbourn plays, musicals, pantomime, and evue. And she started out as a toddler on the stage. She should have been made a Dame long ago, while far lesser talents were awarded that honour. In these days when so many dull nonentities are made into overnight celebrities, there are very few stars with such genuine enormous talent, who brought so much joy and personality to their work. Dora Bryan was really special and she lived in Brighton for many years. If you can get hold of her biography it is fascinating.
She was unique - a celebrated performer on the stage, TV, radio and films for many years, who started her career as a toddler on the stage. She turned up in masses of British movies from the 40s onwards (maybe even the 30s), and some of them are great classics, such as "A Taste Of Honey" and "The Fallen Idol". She was a very funny comedienne, a highly talented singer and dancer, and a clever actress who appeared among other things, in Restoration comedy, Harold Pinter drama, Alan Ayckbourn plays, musicals, pantomime, and evue. And she started out as a toddler on the stage. She should have been made a Dame long ago, while far lesser talents were awarded that honour. In these days when so many dull nonentities are made into overnight celebrities, there are very few stars with such genuine enormous talent, who brought so much joy and personality to their work. Dora Bryan was really special and she lived in Brighton for many years. If you can get hold of her biography it is fascinating. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 40

7:47pm Wed 23 Jul 14

tug509 says...

I always loved the naval films ,and remember Dora as "Yanks" true love in The Gift Horse ,God Bless .
I always loved the naval films ,and remember Dora as "Yanks" true love in The Gift Horse ,God Bless . tug509
  • Score: 12

9:00pm Wed 23 Jul 14

tez1959 says...

so sad condolances to all her family such a local legend in her own right
so sad condolances to all her family such a local legend in her own right tez1959
  • Score: 30

10:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

Lovely lady.
Lovely lady. NickBrt
  • Score: 5

1:49am Thu 24 Jul 14

Alison Smith says...

She came to my dad's garden party when he was Mayor & was a very charming person. RIP Dora x
She came to my dad's garden party when he was Mayor & was a very charming person. RIP Dora x Alison Smith
  • Score: 10

12:16pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ian@cotter says...

Have to agree with the begrudgers not a very nice lady
Have to agree with the begrudgers not a very nice lady ian@cotter
  • Score: 9

9:50pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Liz Simpson says...

Dora Bryan was a wonderful actress, singer and dancer as well. I remember seeing her on TV doing the splits when she was in her seventies and joking 'At my age people are impressed if you can put one foot in front of the other!'. She came across as a very warm human being and she gave some wonderful performances in some of the classic films of the 1950s and 1960s. RIP Dora.
Dora Bryan was a wonderful actress, singer and dancer as well. I remember seeing her on TV doing the splits when she was in her seventies and joking 'At my age people are impressed if you can put one foot in front of the other!'. She came across as a very warm human being and she gave some wonderful performances in some of the classic films of the 1950s and 1960s. RIP Dora. Liz Simpson
  • Score: 1

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