Josephine Edwina "Hattie" Jacques was a British radio, film and television actress, she was born in 1924 on the 7th of February.

In a press release the BBC said, "Starting her career in the 1940s, Hattie Jacques first gained attention through her radio appearances with Tommy Handley on It's That Man Again and later with Tony Hancock on Hancock's Half Hour.

from left, Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques >>

The BBC continued, "From 1958 to 1974 she appeared in fourteen Carry On films, often playing the Matron.

"She had a long professional partnership with Eric Sykes, with whom she co-starred in his long running television series, Sykes.

"She also starred in two Norman Wisdom films, The Square Peg and Follow A Star.

"Hattie Jacques was married to John Le Mesurier from 1949 until their divorce in 1965.

"Her final appearance on television was an advertisement for Asda in 1980. She died later that year from a heart attack."

Hattie will be played by Ruth Jones (below)

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