Brigit Forsyth Obituary

Brigit Forsyth, the talented Scottish actress renowned for her memorable roles in classic British television, has left an indelible mark on the entertainment world.

On December 1, 2023, Brigit Forsyth passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family. Her agent, Mark Pemberton, confirmed the news, marking the end of a remarkable career that touched the hearts of many.

Best known for her portrayal of Thelma Ferris in the BBC comedy “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?” and Helen Yeldham in the ITV drama “Boon,” Forsyth’s career spanned decades, and she continued to captivate audiences until her passing.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Forsyth’s journey into the world of acting began after leaving St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh. She initially trained as a secretary before pursuing her true passion at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where her talent was recognized with the Emile Littler Award.

Forsyth’s breakthrough came with her iconic role as Thelma Ferris in the BBC comedy “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?” This beloved show endeared her to audiences, and her performance became a defining aspect of British television history. Subsequent roles, including Helen Yeldham in “Boon” and a more recent appearance in the BBC comedy “Still Open All Hours” from 2013 to 2019, showcased the depth and versatility of her acting prowess.

Beyond television, Forsyth made notable contributions to film, with roles in productions such as “The Night Digger” (1971), where she portrayed a district nurse, the film adaptation of “The Likely Lads” (1976), reprising her role as Thelma Ferris, and “Crystalstone” (1987), where she played the character Isabel.