In the 1970s, Julia Breck regularly found herself as a glamorous, often scantily clad, participant in television comedies that revelled in near-the-knuckle humour.
The decade’s new liberalism was also making itself felt in the theatre, where Breck was seen in Andy Warhol’s first play, Pork – described by The Stage as “a cesspit-exposé of sexual aberrations” – at the Roundhouse, and Julia Barry’s comedy about lesbians at a Hampstead house party, Peta, Pam and Wendy, at the Mercury Theatre in 1971.
A favourite of Spike Milligan, Breck first worked with him in Johnny Speight’s short-lived 1969 TV sitcom Curry and Chips and again in 1970’s Oh in Colour, co-written with John Antrobus. Over the next decade and more, she became a feature of several Milligan shows including the sketch-based Q series (1975-80) and There’s a Lot of It About (1982).
Her other television appearances included On the Buses, The Liver Birds, The Two Ronnies, Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. There was also the occasional drama: her non-speaking role as a gangster’s moll drew approval in Brian Clemens and Terry Nation’s thriller K is for Killing (1974).
After retiring from performing, Breck moved to France in 1989 where she returned to her interest in art, having studied at the Reigate and Kingston schools of art. She also designed a set for Théâtre Comoedia in her adopted home, Marmande.
Julia Breck was born on August 22, 1941 and died on January 28, aged 78. She is survived by her second husband, the crossword compiler Alexander Breck-Paterson, and three sons.