Crossroads and Last Of The Summer Wine actress Kathy Staff has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness.
Actress Kathy Staff has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness. The actress is probably best known for her role of Doris Luke in Crossroads and Nora Batty in the BBC sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine.
Staff first appeared as a guest at the Crossroads motel in 1971 before returning as the much loved vegetable cook Doris Luke from 1978 to 1985, but quit the soap when a new producer took-over. Speaking on the Paul O’Grady Show in 2005 – promoting the serial’s first DVD release – Staff commented that Crossroads was the programme she enjoyed working on the most, and it had been one of the most happiest times in her life.
Staff was also a vigerous defender of the Midlands motel-based series, fending off critics by commenting that “I’ve worked on other soaps where the sets have wobbled, but not Crossroads.” She told the BBC.