Much loved comic actress Joyce Grant appeared in a string of West End hits, including Six and a Tanner, Something’s Afoot, Death Trap, The Club and Tonight at 8.30.
Born in South Africa on January 23, 1924 she and her two brothers grew up on a farm. She became interested in the theatre from an early age and encouraged by her family, she went to London to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She returned to South Africa and appeared in several local productions, including Come Back, Little Sheba.
In the fifties she moved back to London where she worked with the director James Roose-Evans on several occasions, including his West End production of The Happy People and in the seventies, in Coward revivals, The Vortex and Fallen Angels, at Greenwich. She worked at the National Theatre for Michael Rudman and appeared opposite Frankie Howerd on Broadway in Rockefeller and the Red Indians. At the RSC she stole most of the notices when she appeared as Glinda in the company’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
She began appearing on television in 1965 in Gideon’s Way and among her numerous other credits were Six Dates With Barker, Keep it in the Family, The Liver Birds, The Sweeney, Hi-de-Hi! and Blackadder.
She had been suffering from cancer for several years and died on July 11, aged 82.
She is survived by her long time companion Jean Ridge.