Lynda Bellingham

Introduction:

Lynda Bellingham was a popular English actress, writer and a broadcaster. She has done many TV series as an actress such asAll Creatures Great and Small, Doctor Who, Second Thoughts and Faith in the Future. But she became very famous with series of British advertisements names “OXO Family” in which she played character of a mother and became famous with nick-name “OXO mum”.

She also appeared as a panelist in chat show of ITV named Loose Women between 2007 and 2011.

She debuted her own cooking program, My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham, in 2012. She hosted the ITV show Country House Sunday the year after.

She has also written a bookLost and Found, which is story her life, published in 2010. Her novel Tell me tomorrow, which was published in 2013. Her biography There’s something I’m Dying to Tell you was published in 2014. And her last story The Boy I Love was published in November 2014, posthumously. 

For her selfless dedication to charitable giving, Bellingham received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) designation in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

Professional Life

Although Lynda Bellingham had a five-decade professional career, she was best known for OXO Family. She once remarked, “Being a mum preparing gravy was not quite how I had envisaged my career going.” But she accomplished that in 42 episodes of a television commercial that won an award between 1983 and 1999.

Her name has hardly ever been used in print since the early 1980s without being preceded by “Oxo mom.”Oxo gravy would normally be served during the meal the family was seated for in the advertising. It was noticeable that the family was aging throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The family left the home in 1999 after the campaign was ended.

She did, however, play the wife of the veterinarian in the 1980s television series All Creatures Great and Small, as well as one of two divorcees attempting to rekindle their romance in the 1990s sitcom Second Thoughts, alongside James Bolam. She gained fame on stage between 2008 and 2012 for her performance as the main character in a touring production of Calendar Girls.

She also contributed regularly to the cast of the daytime TV chat show Loose Women for four years, from 2007 to 2011. She expressed on her website that she had few regrets about the course of her career, stating as follows: “I moved to London in 1966 and attended the Central School [for Speech and Drama]. I had a ball.”

However, Bellingham was aware that gravy, like Lady Macbeth’s wretched spot, left a permanent imprint. “Although I was in many respects quite pleased of what we accomplished”, she acknowledged that her reputation as an actor had taken a hit.

“After that, I was never going to be considered a serious actor by some people in the business. On the other side, it provided me with the stability I needed to go and work in the theater for meager pay.” Sales of stock cubes reportedly increased by 10% as a result of her appearances as Mrs. Oxo.

She didn’t simply pass up opportunities that would have taken her career in a different path because she was typecast as “the nation’s favorite mum,” as she described it in her memoirs. She once received a call from her writer friend Lynda La Plante asking whether she would be interested in portraying a detective on television.She declined the opportunity to play DI Jane Tennison because she was too busy with sitcom and advertising work; Helen Mirren later accepted the role.

She had an appearance in the play Losing Louis in January 2005 at the Hampstead Theatre before moving on to the Trafalgar Studios in London. She garnered favorable reviews for her performance, particularly from Michael Billington.

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Bellingham performed the part of Chris Harper in the smash movie Calendar Girls’ stage adaptation from September 2008 to July 2009, both on tour and at the Nol Coward Theatre in the West End. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, she made more tours with the production.

Bellingham lamented that she was never given the chance to return to her 1986 role as a time lord on Doctor Who during Russell T. Davies’ resurrection of the show in her memoirs, Lost and Found (2010).

Basic Info

Real Name Meredith Hughes
Birth Date 31 May 1948
Age 66 years
Birth Place Montreal, Canada.
Nationality British
Profession Actor, Author and TV presenter.
Religion Catholic
Sun sign Gemini

Physical Statistics

Height 5′ 6″
Weight 57kgs
Shoe Size Not known
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown

Qualifications Or Education

School Aylesbury High School
College Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Family

Father Donald Bellingham
Mother Ruth Bellingham

Majorie Hughes Bond (Biological)

Sister Barbara Bellingham

Jean Bellingham

Brother #NA

Marriage, Relationships & Family

Marital Status Married
Husband
  1. Greg Smith (Divorced in 1975)
  2. NunzioPeluso (Divorced in 1996)
  3. Michael Pattemore
Children
  1. Michael
  2. Robbie

Death

Date 19 October 2014
Place Westminster, London.
Funeral 3 November 2014, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne.

Personal Life

Lynda Bellingham was born as Meredith Hughes on 31st of May 1948 in Montreal Canada to a single mother. She was given up for adoption right after four months of her birth.

Don Bellingham, her adopted father, had been training pilots for the British Overseas Airways Corporation while Ruth Bellingham had been living in Canada. The couple moved back to the UK and reared the child they named Lynda with their two biological daughters, Barbara and Jean, on a farm close to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Only when Lynda was in her teens did she learn that she had been adopted.

In 1990, she met her birth mother in Canada and they stayed in touch until Marjorie’s death.

She was brought up in Montreal only, was educated at Aylesbury High School, and was trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.

She worked in Frinton and Crewe after receiving her degree, accruing the 40 weeks of theater required to obtain an Equity card. Then, she thought, fame in television and film would come.

She was turned down for a part on ITV’s early 1970s afternoon soap General Hospital because, as she described it, “I fit into neither category.” Instead, they were casting a pretty nurse and a big nurse.

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She was in two catastrophic marriages, which she candidly described in her book. She married the film producer Greg Smith in 1975. He hired her for the movie Confessions of a Driving Instructor soon after the wedding. Only a few weeks into her marriage, she remembered, and her husband, the Big Producer, wasscrewing his way through all the female artists.They separated shortly after that.

NunzioPeluso, the owner of a Neapolitan restaurant, was the man she married for the second time in 1981. Together, they had two children, Michael and Robbie. This outcome was terrible.

After their divorce in 1996, he subjected her to 15 years of physical and emotional violence and was the subject of a restraining order. “It was tremendously tough to play the nation’s favorite mother on TV and come home to a miserable and abusive relationship,” she wrote, modestly.

She tied the knot with mortgage broker Michael Pattemore on her 60th birthday in 2008; they later co-owned a London-based real estate company.

The diagnosis of colon cancer in Bellingham was made public on July 16, 2013. She declared in a statement that she “was not going to pass away.”

Bellingham said in September 2014 that her illness had spread to her lungs and liver and that she only had “months to live.” She revealed that she had decided to cease her chemotherapy in November so that she may spend “one last Christmas” with her family and pass away in January 2015 in August 2014.

On October 19, 2014, Bellingham passed away in a hospital in London with her husband Michael by her side.

Her funeral, which was attended by family and friends, was held at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Crewkerne on November 3, 2014. Bellingham was then laid to rest in Crewkerne Townsend Cemetery.

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