Brigit Forsyth, the esteemed actress known for her memorable roles in iconic television shows, including “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?” passed away on December 1, 2023, at the age of 83. Her agent, Mark Pemberton, confirmed her peaceful passing, revealing that she died in her sleep surrounded by her family.
Forsyth’s career spanned across stage, screen, and radio, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Best known for her portrayal of Thelma in “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?,” Francine Pratt in “Playing the Field,” and Madge in “Still Open All Hours,” she captivated audiences with her talent and versatility.
Born with a passion for the arts, Forsyth’s career extended beyond television into the realms of theatre and radio. She showcased her acting prowess on esteemed stages such as the West End, the National Theatres of England and Scotland, and reputable repertory theatres in Leeds, Manchester, and Birmingham. From portraying the Queen in “Single Spies” to bringing Kate in “All My Sons” to life, Forsyth’s theatrical repertoire was both diverse and impressive.
Her contributions extended to the radio, where she lent her voice to numerous plays on the BBC. Forsyth’s involvement in the Radio 4 sitcom “Ed Reardon’s Week” showcased her comedic flair and vocal talents.
Beyond acting, she was a skilled musician, playing the cello, singing, and composing. In her later years, Forsyth continued to share her musical gifts by playing with various bands, including the Fircones.
Forsyth’s passion for collaboration and nurturing new talent led her to establish Word Mills Productions, her cross-disciplinary theatre company, in 2016. This venture became a testament to her commitment to fostering creativity and supporting emerging artists.
In her personal life, Forsyth shared a deep connection with Coronation Street director Brian Mills, whom she married. His passing in 2006 marked a significant loss in her life, but Forsyth continued to leave a lasting impact on the world of entertainment.