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Jane Freeman

Freeman was born in Brentford, London, in 1935 but raised in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, as a child, following the death of her father in an accident when she was 9 years old and her mother's subsequent remarriage. She graduated from the City Cardiff College of Music and Drama in 1955, and after a stay in London joined the Osiris Repertory Theatre touring company, based in Gloucestershire. She joined the Arena Theatre, Sutton Coldfield, in 1958, followed by Birmingham Rep from 1968 and 1973. Her stage appearances include Margaret More in the Welsh Theatre Company's first production, A Man for All Seasons, at Cardiff's New Theatre in 1962. She was best known for her role as café owner Ivy, one of the main characters in the long-running British TV comedy Last of the Summer Wine. Freeman died in March 2017 at the age of 81 from lung cancer. Her age was often incorrectly reported as being 96 at the time of her death, but official birth records prove that she was born in 1935

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Mar 15, 1921 In Brentford, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Fishing Party 1972-06-01
Latest Project:
Series Blackadder 1983-06-15
Known For
Poster of Blackadder
Poster of Scrubbers
Poster of Love on a Gunboat
Poster of Within These Walls
Series Blackadder Mrs. Applebottom 1983-06-15
Movie Scrubbers Sister 1982-09-24
Movie All Day on the Sands Unknown 1979-02-24
Movie Scully's New Year's Eve Mrs Scully 1978-01-03
Movie Love on a Gunboat Knitting lady 1977-01-04
Movie Through the Night Martha Paisley 1975-12-02
Series Within These Walls Unknown 1974-01-04
Series Last of the Summer Wine Ivy 1973-01-04
Movie The Fishing Party 1972-06-01