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Friday 28 April 2017

Obituary: Liz Smith

Royle Family's Nana, struggled for years to make acting her sole career, only hitting the big time in her 70s

LATE STARTER: Liz Smith found fame in The Vicar of Dibley
LATE STARTER: Liz Smith found fame in The Vicar of Dibley

Liz Smith, who died on Christmas Eve aged 95, endured years of rejection before she eventually acquired "national treasure" status on television as Letitia Cropley, the compulsive maker of inedible cakes in The Vicar of Dibley, and as Nana, the dotty granny in The Royle Family.

With her pinched, melancholy clown's face, look of innocent surprise and shrieking cackle, Liz Smith cornered the market in batty old women - "nutty creatures in eccentric outfits", as she called them.

Her genius was to give the grotesques she played a measure of her own quirky and generous nature.

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