Actress Una Stubbs was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, on May 1, 1937. She grew up in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and was sent to La Roche dancing school in Slough by her mother. She started her career at the age of 16 as a chorus girl at the London Palladium, and was the Dairy Box girl in TV chocolate adverts in the 1950s.
Stubbs had an illustrious acting career spanning over 50 years, making her big break in the 1963 film Summer Holiday, which starred Cliff Richard, before landing the part of Rita Rawlins in Till Death Us Do Part.
She reprised her role in the sitcom’s follow-ups Till Death… and In Sickness and in Health. Her other TV credits include Worzel Gummidge, The Worst Witch, EastEnders, Call the Midwife, Agatha Christie’s Marple, Midsomer Murders and Keeping Up Appearances.
In her private life, Stubbs was married and divorced twice, to actors Peter Gilmore and Nicky Henson, and had three sons. She once said she felt she spent most of her life “doing two jobs, motherhood and acting, and only being so-so at both of them.”