Barbara New

Barbara Helene New (9 May 1923 – 24 May 2010)[1] was an English character actress, well known for playing Mabel the scullery maid in the David Croft sitcom You Rang M'Lord?. Following this role, she appeared as Vera Plumtree in all twenty episodes of the BBC's final David Croft sitcom Oh, Doctor Beeching!. She had previously played smaller parts in Croft's earlier sitcoms Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi!.

Barbara New
Barbara Helene New[1]

(1923-05-09)9 May 1923
Hammersmith, London, England[2]
Died24 May 2010(2010-05-24) (aged 87)
Paddington, London, England
Spouse(s)Michael Barrington (1956–1988) (his death)

New had a lengthy career in British television and played many other roles including appearances in Z-Cars, Emu's Broadcasting Company, Ripping Yarns and the silent Ronnie Barker comedy By the Sea. One of her last screen appearances was as Ali G's Nan in the 2002 film Ali G Indahouse.

New also appeared in television adverts for Vicks over a twenty year period, initially as a mother and later as a grandmother.

She was married to the actor Michael Barrington until his death in 1988.

Film and Television roles

1975The PicnicThe Aunt
1975Porridge Series 2 Episode 4 No Peace for the Wicked Home Office Visitor
1975Within These Walls Series 2 Episode 3Prisoner
1977The Black Panther
1973 to 1980The Two RonniesVarious
1981Happy Since I Met YouMum
1982By the SeaThe Aunt
1986Bread (TV series) Series 1, Episode 2May's neighbour
1988 to 1993You Rang M'Lord?Mabel
1996CasualtyMay Davies
1996 to 1997Oh, Doctor Beeching!Vera Plumtree


  1. Obituary
  2. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
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