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Shirley Stelfox

11 April 1941 to 7 December 2015

A British actress synonymous with her role as the puritanical Edna Birch, Stelfox’s character revelled in interfering in the lives of her fellow villagers in Emmerdale (2001-2015). Her earlier roles could not have been further from Edna, with memorable turns as a prostitute in 1984 (1984) and a brothel madam in Personal Services (1987). 

Read Shirley's Guardian obituary here