Margaret John, in Crossroads, ATV 1981Margaret John who found a new generation of fans in comedy Gavin and Stacey as Doris and had a long and varied career, including a long stint in ATV soap Crossroads as Marian Owen, pictured, has died.

Kathy Staff, Roger Tonge and Margaret John in Crossroads

Margaret John, in Crossroads, ATV 1981Margaret John who found a new generation of fans in comedy Gavin and Stacey as Doris and had a long and varied career, including a long stint in ATV soap Crossroads as Marian Owen, pictured, has died.

The Welsh actress, born in Born in Swansea, was a star of stage and screen for over five decades and starred in many television hits, in guest roles, such as ATV’s crime dramas Ghost Squad and Hunter’s Walk, No Hiding Place for Rediffusion and BBC cult sci-fi hit, Doctor Who. Margaret had her first taste of serial with a couple of appearances in Granada’s Coronation Street followed by a short stay at YTV’s Emmerdale Farm and much later Angels for the BBC.

It was the Midlands that gave her her biggest soap success, appearing as semi-regular Marian Owen, doctor’s receptionist and relative to the Banks family, in Crossroads from 1978 until 1985.

She then starred in medical drama The District Nurse as Gwen Harris alongside Nerys Hughes. John returned to Birmingham based sagas with a number of guest-stints on BBC daytime serial Doctors, making her last appearance at The Mill medical centre last year.

Margaret John with Crossroads co-star Tony Adams in 1980In recent years she’s found a whole new generation of fans thanks to comedy, which was no new genere for the actress. She has appeared in BBC sitcom’s Last Of The Summer Wine and Eyes Down, the latter with Paul O’Grady, but it was as Doris in Gavin and Stacey that gave her a whole new teen fanbase. It also lead John to some more ‘interesting’ film roles such as a Kinky Granny in A Bit Of Tom Jones?

“A great actress and an incredible lady. She will be missed.” – Said Gavin and Stacey co-star James Corden today on Twitter.

It is reported John died peacefully in her sleep, at around 2am today, aged 84. Many of Margaret John’s characters will forever live on in the programmes she’s starred in such as Crossroads (without any wobbly walls), Gavin and Stacey, The District Nurse, Doctor Who (without any wobbly walls) all released on DVD for her fans to enjoy.

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