JULIETTE KAPLAN and JEAN FERGUSON RECENTLY DECEASED

JULIETTE KAPLAN, who played battleaxe Pearl Sibshaw in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 80, as per her agent.

Kaplan appeared in 226 episodes of the show from 1985 to 2010, with the sharp-tongued Pearl trying to thwart husband Howard’s attempts to have an affair.

Juliette also appeared in Coronation Street in 2015 as Agnes Tinker.

Barry Langford thanked “everyone who sent their love and support to this fearless and supremely gifted actress”

The sad news comes after her agent announced on 31 July that she was “gravely ill”, and described her as a “very brave lady”.

Last of the Summer Wine ran from 1973 to 2010, which took a comical look at the lives of some elderly people in a Yorkshire town.

JEAN FERGUSSON

Other co-stars have paid tribute to Last of the Summer Wine and Coronation Street actress Jean Fergusson after she has died aged 74.

Jean – described as the life and soul of any gathering – was best known for playing Marina in Last of the Summer Wine and Dorothy Hoyle in Coronation Street.

She has appeared in over than 200 episodes of the classic Last of the Summer Wine over 25 years, beginning in 1985, and was widely known for her character’s long-running comedy affair with ‘Howard’, who was played by Robert Fyfe.

She was said to have been ill when friends saw her a few days before her death.