A Man for All Seasons (1966)
A Place To Go (1963)
All The Right Noises (1969)
Burke and Hare
(aka: The Horrors
of Burke and Hare
) (1971)
Catch Us If You Can
(aka: Havin' A
Wild Weekend)
Charlie Bubbles (1968)
(aka: Die! Die! My
) (1965)
Fragment of Fear
(aka: Freelance)
George and Mildred (1980)
(aka: Bank Breaker)
Man About The House (1974)
Nearest and Dearest (1971)
Our Mother's House (1967)
Sparrows Can't Sing (1962)
Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)
Stranger In The House
(aka: Cop
The Night Digger
(aka: The Road
) (1971)
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
Twenty Nine (film short) (??)


A Christmas Carol (play)
Boing Boing (play)
By Candlelight (play)
Call of the Flesh (play)
Cinderella (panto)
Escape Me Never (play)
Fings Ain't What They Used T'be
George and Mildred (play)
Man in the Glass Booth (play)
Steptoe and Son - A Box in Town
Steptoe and Son - The Bonds That
Bind Us
The Duchess of Malfy (play)
The Good Soldier Schweik (play)
The Happy Marriage (play)
The Hostage (play)
The Londoners (play) (reworking of
Sparrows Can't Sing)
The Seventh Veil (play)


Yootha's natural hair colour was light brown

She was 5'2" tall

She trained at RADA and travelled each day with Roger Moore, who was her first boyfriend

She met her husband Glynn Edwards after auditioning for a part in a play and demanding more money than the other girl

He recommended she join the prestigious Joan Littlewood Theatre Workshop where she first met Brian Murphy

Yootha and Glynn divorced in 1968 after 12 years of marriage but remained firm friends for the rest of her life, even appearing as Mr and Mrs Hare in the film, Burke and Hare.  She was Godmother to Glynn's son from his second marriage

She was of Irish decent and an only child

She hated the name Yootha, which, according to The Unforgettable Yootha Joyce, is the Maori word for joy

Frank Muir and Denis Norden gave Yootha her TV break in, Brothers-in-Law after spotting her in Fings Ain't What They Used T'be

She won a TV Times award for Funniest Person on TV Female.  Yootha and Brian also won the Variety Club ITV Personality for George and Mildred in 1977, sharing it with John Thaw and Dennis Waterman for The Sweeney

Yootha was a passionate animal lover.  As well as being involved with The National Canine Defence League (renamed in 2003 as
Dogs Trust), she was a life member of Gerald Durrell's Jersey Wildlife Trust

She owned a racehorse called Yootha's Choice

Her dream was to run a donkey sanctuary

She was cremated at Golders Green crematorium in London and her ashes were scattered on crocus lawn P3


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23rd August 2020