Carry On and Friday Night Dinner star Rosalind Knight dies

Rosalind Knight who starred in Friday Night Dinner and in the early Carry On films has died, her family have confirmed.

The actress was 87-years-old.

A short statement read: “It is with huge sadness that the family of Rosalind Knight announce her death following a glorious career as a well-loved actress in theatre, TV and film.

“She was known to so many generations, for so many different roles, and will be missed as much by the kids today who howl at Horrible Grandma in Friday Night Dinner as by those of us who are old enough to remember her in the very first Carry On films.”

Knight is survived by her two daughters, theatre director Marianne Elliott and actress Susannah Elliott.

They praised her “immense spirit and sense of fun, and her utter individuality." in an additional persona statement.

Marianne and Susannah said: "Our mother had the most astute, vibrant personality and made people laugh wherever she went.

“She was a great reader, art lover and raconteur.

She contributed in a voluntary way to the theatrical world through her involvement in the building of the Royal Exchange Theatre, alongside her husband Michael Elliott, and her support for the Actors Centre and the Ladies’ Theatrical Guild.

“She was an active member of her local history society and opera society, and was a fierce campaigner and fundraiser for the Hogarth Trust.

“She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

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During her career Knight starred in a string of films as well as TV series.

She appeared alongside Hugh Grant in About A Boy and opposite Gene Wilder in Start The Revolution Without Me.

On the small screen she bagged roles in TV series Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie with Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus.

In Channel 4 series Friday Night Dinner she played the role of "Horrible Grandma" who occasionally visited the family.

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