ATV Network /ITVCrossroads and Last Of The Summer Wine actress Kathy Staff has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness.

Kathy Staff starred as Mrs Dingwall and Doris Luke in Crossroads

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.

Staff appeared in over 240 episodes of BBC sitcom, Last Of The Summer Wine and was gifted with the series first ever words. “They’re taking his telly again.” She was a regular for over twenty years before appearing intermittantly, leaving for a entire series in 2001 in order to return to the revived Crossroads.Kathy Staff, 2001, at Carlton TV Kathy quit the motel for the second time in 2002 – claiming the show wasn’t anything like the predicessor, and it was far too ‘sexy’. “It didn’t suit me at all” she told Paul O’Grady and returned to the sitcom the same year.
Kathy Staff was also known for her recurring role in Open All Hours, playing Mrs. Blewett, and also was in Coronation Street between 1973 and 1975 as Vera Hopkins, who owned the corner shop. Staff also had role in Emmerdale Farm as well as parts in various other productions and movies, including Cathy Come Home.

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