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Hi-de-Hi! star Holland dies at 78

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Comedy actress Diane Holland, best known to TV viewers for her role as the condescending dancing instructor Yvonne Stewart-Hargreaves in the eighties holiday camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, has died at the age of 78. She had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia.

She and her on-screen husband Barry Stewart-Hargreaves, played by Barry Howard, were regular characters in the series, which was first aired in 1981 and ran for seven years. The series, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, was based on Perry’s experiences working as a Butlins Redcoat after the war and was set in the fictional Maplins Holiday Camp in 1959.

Holland, who was the sister-in-law of Jimmy Perry, began her career as a singer and dancer in variety. In the sixties she appeared as Sarah Maynard in the ITV soap Crossroads. She also appeared in Poldark and Bergerac.

She died on January 24. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Stage newspaper.

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