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Overview (4)

Born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England, UK
Died in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England, UK  (brain tumor)
Birth NameMinnie Higginbottom
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kathy Staff was born on July 12, 1928 in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England as Minnie Higginbottom. She was an actress, known for Mary Reilly (1996), Last of the Summer Wine (1973) and Open All Hours (1976). She was married to John Staff. She died on December 13, 2008 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England.

Spouse (1)

John Staff (18 August 1951 - 13 December 2008) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (9)

Kathy was born Minnie Higginbottom. She did not like this name and changed it to Kathryn Brant, under which name she did most of her early theatrical work. When she started in TV she was married, so just used her legal married name, Kathy Staff!.
Her younger daughter, the Rev. Susan Jackson, became one of the first women to be ordained in the Church of England.
Was the daughter of a clothing company manufacturer and mission church lay reader.
Wanted to become a ballet dancer but her parents could not afford the tuition fees.
First worked as a shorthand typist and then did clerical work for the National Gas & Oil Engine Company in Ashton-under-Lyne. Started acting professionally in 1949 with repertory companies in Scotland and Wales. First screen work was as an extra in television, for three pounds a day.
A memorial service was held for her at St. Paul's, Covent Garden (commonly known as the Actors' Church) on 24 April 2009.
She regularly worshiped at St. Marks Church in her home town Dukinfield, and there is a memorial screen in the church for her.
Her husband, John Staff, died in December 2011.
She signed the temperance pledge at 14 and did not drink alcohol in her entire life.

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