TV star Maggie Fox has passed away surrounded by her devastated family following an accident. Maggie’s close pal Sue Ryding said her de ella nearest and dearest de ella are in a ‘state of shock’ following her sudden death de ella on Monday (March 21).
Sue, her comedy partner of 40 years and co-artistic director at LipService Theatre, announced the tragic news on Twitter and said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the loss of her friend.
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Sue said: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Maggie Fox, my comedy partner of 40 years and co-Artistic Director of LipService. Maggie passed away yesterday with her family around her.
“Consequently the Spring Tour of Chateau Ghoul has been cancelled. As you can imagine I am completely heartbroken.”
Paying tribute to her ‘comedy genius’ friend she typed: “I met Maggie when we were Drama students at Bristol University in the 1970’s. We were in a very serious production of Ibsen’s The Lady From the Sea but for some reason the audience was on the floor laughing.
“A tragedy for Ibsen (he was good at those) but the launch of an epic comedy partnership.
“Our theater company LipService was officially launched in 1985 and we have written 22 original comedies, touring all over the world, managing to have children in between!
“It’s notoriously difficult to present new work in theater and we are really proud that we managed to do so and to build an audience for it.” Sue says a new digital version of their live comedy show Chateau Ghoul, which had already been filmed, will be shared later this year in memory of Maggie.
“We are still all in a state of shock as this was very sudden following an accident,” she said.
“We had planned a new digital version of Chateau Ghoul which we had already filmed which will be shared with you later in the year in memory of Maggie, plus some live events using the huge amount of digital footage we thankfully have archived. Details to be published when have a plan.
“Thank you for supporting us over all these years, we are so lucky to have such a loyal audience. We do hope you will join us to celebrate her comedy genius later in the year.”
Sue also said about her friend: “I sat down and remembered certain moments in shows where the audience laughed so much we had to pause.
“Sometimes we laughed too much!”
And the Lowry Theater said: “Everyone at The Lowry sends love and best wishes to Lip Service following the death of Maggie Fox. “Regular visitors to The Lowry and hugely popular with our audiences. Maggie will be sorely missed.”
Maggie Fox appeared on Coronation Street in four roles, as a nurse in 1990, Charmian Gray in 1992, Ruth Audsley in 2001 and Judge Travers in September 2010.
Her character Ruth was involved when Roy and Hayley Cropper, played by David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh, went on the run with their foster child Wayne Hayes. She later appeared as Judge Travers in the case between waring sisters Kylie Turner, played by Paula Lane, and Becky McDonald, played by Katherine Kelly, as they fought for custody of Kylie’s son Max.
She also played maid Bilson in the ITV period drama The Forsyte Saga and appeared as a record in the Channel Four drama Shameless.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.