BRIDGET TURNER 22 FEBRUARY 1939 - 27 DECEMBER 2014
Bridget Turner with Richard Briers in the West End premiere of Absurd Person Singular. Photograph copyright: John Haynes, and taken from Alan Ayckbourne's website
Bridget Turner was a particularly versatile actress, possessing integrity and the knack of superb timing, of whom Michael Coveney wrote, It felt as if she started each role on a blank page and that she could go almost anywhere.
She was born in Cleethorpes, to Eric Turner, a fish trader on Grimsby docks, and Phyllis (nee Blanchard). Soon after RADA she joined the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where she formed a life-long friendship with Ian McKellen. Turner performed, beautifully, in many classical works, alongside many of the greatest actors, but it was in Alan Ayckbourn’s plays that she really made her mark, playing a variety of long-suffering and hapless women.
Coveney says, She had a normal, suburban quality about her that she transformed into comic gold. John Cleese said that the role of Sybil in Fawlty Towers had first been offered to her, but she declined.
Perhaps the greatest compliment Coveney paid her in his Guardian obituary was that she was, An an ideal team player in any company.
Obituary in The Guardian