Royle Family and Vicar of Dibley star Liz Smith dies at 95

Liz Smith died on Christmas Eve[PA]

The actress, who played Nana in The Royle Family died at the age of 95, it was announced this weekend.

She had roles in 2point4 Children and Lark Rise to Candleford, as well as the voice of Mrs Mulch in Wallace and Gromit’s The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Her death comes just a matter of months after her co-writer of The Royle Family, Caroline Aherne died aged 52.

Liz began acting at the age of 50 but retired at 87 after suffering from a stroke.

Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Ralf Little, Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash and Liz Smith in The Royle Family [BBC One]

She won a BAFTA for A Private Function where she played the mother of Maggie Smith’s character.

A statement released on Boxing Day confirmed her death.

It read: “The BAFTA award-winning actress Liz Smith has died, on Christmas Eve, at the age of 95, her family has announced.” 

Liz was born as Betty Gleadle in Scunthorpe and she adopted her stage name in 1921.

Liz died aged 95[PA]

Fans and fellow actors have paid tribute to the late star with messages on Twitter.

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Referencing the devastating loss of George Michael on Christmas day, Carrie Fletcher tweeted: “Georgie Michael yesterday was bad enough. Liz Smith today is just pure evil. 

“2016, you’re an a**e. RIP to some of the world’s greats.”

And presenter Jake Humphrey wrote: “‘Marion had soup of the day – which was Friday’ – Nana from The Royale Family.

Stars paid tribute to Liz Smith[Twitter]

“RIP the brilliant, hilarious Liz Smith.”

And This Morning presenter Rylan Clark-Neal wrote: “Oh Liz Smith! [crying emoji] we’ll miss you nana! X”

And co-star Ralf Little also paid tribute, writing: “Devastating to lose two members of my second family in one awful year. 

“RIP Liz Smith. Goodbye Nana. Xxx.”

PLiz was best known and loved for her role in The Royle Family[BBC One]

Ralf played Antony Royle in the sitcom.

Meanwhile, Richard E Grant, who starred alongside liz in the 1997 film Keep the Aspidistra Flying tweeted: “What a fantastic actress she was absolutely hilarious RIP lovely Liz x”

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