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26th Dec 2016

Liz Smith, who played Nana in the Royle Family, has passed away aged 95

Very sad news.

Nooruddean Choudry

She will be dearly missed.

Liz Smith MBE has passed away, a spokeswoman for her family confirmed on Monday evening. She was 95 years old.

The popular actress appeared in a number of television programmes including I Didn’t Know You Cared, 2 point 4 Children, The Vicar of Dibley, and In Lark Rise to Candleford. But she will be most fondly remembered for her role as Norma Speakman – or ‘Nana’ – in the BBC comedy The Royle Family.

The very poignant 2006 ‘Queen of Sheba’ episode aired this Christmas as a tribute to the late Caroline Aherne.

Smith was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.