Barbara Young (actress)

Barbara Young (born 9 February 1936, Brighouse, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English actress.[1] She is known for her role as the future Emperor Nero's mother, Agrippina, in the landmark 1976 BBC serial I, Claudius.[2]

She also played Miss Scatcherd in the 1970 film of Jane Eyre, Eileen Clancy in the 1975 TV series Looking For Clancy, Dot Wilmington in the TV series Hazell, and appeared in On Giant's Shoulders for the BBC in 1979.[1]

She played the long-running role of gossipy yet lovable Sadie Hargreaves Lloyd in soap opera Family Affairs. Sadie, a former theatre actress turned barmaid, was a key figure in the show from 1998 until 2005, making her one of the show's longest serving characters.[3]

Young previously acted in soap opera Coronation Street in the early 1980s. In February 2007, she rejoined the cast of Coronation Street, an old friend of Rita Sullivan called Doreen Fenwick until December that year.

She appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders, the 1997 pilot episode The Killing at Badger's Drift and the 2006 episode Last Year's Model.[4][5]

In 2008, she made a guest appearance in an episode of the long-running BBC comedy series Last of the Summer Wine "Get Out of That, Then" as Nora Batty's sister Florrie.[6] Following the departure of Kathy Staff from the series in 2008, she joined the regular cast as Nora's other sister, Stella.[7]

She appeared in Hollyoaks playing as Mags (Nan to Scott Sabeka) from 10 – 13 April 2012.

She is the mother of the singer Liza Pulman and the actress Cory Pulman.[8]


Year Film Role Notes
1960 Fred Emney Picks a Pop Waitress TV movie
BBC Sunday-Night Play Nancy TV mini-series (1 episode: "The Chopping Block")
Bootsie and Snudge Rosemary TV series (1 episode: "The Blind Date")
Armchair Theatre Flo/Sheila TV series (2 episodes: 1960–1961)
1961 Emergency-Ward 10 Maida Crosby TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.452")
ITV Play of the Week Clare TV series (1 episode: "The Primitive")
Coronation Street Betty Ridgeway/Doreen Fenwick/Barbara Platt/Dorothy Stockwell TV series (57 episodes: 1961–2010)
1962 Crying Down the Lane Pat TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode #1.3")
No Hiding Place Sharron Webb/Jean Haven TV series (2 episodes)
Bulldog Breed Miss Wilson TV series (1 episode: "The New Garage")
1965 Pardon the Expression Pam Plummer TV series (3 episodes)
1966 Dr. Kildare Saleslady TV series (1 episode: "No Other Road")
Homicide Nancy Coleman TV series (1 episode: "What Milk Train?")
1968 The Root of All Evil? Jacky TV series (1 episode: "You Can Only Buy Once")
1970 Jane Eyre Miss Scatcherd TV movie
1972 War & Peace Anna Scherer TV mini-series (2 episodes)
Nearest and Dearest Woman in Doctor's TV series (1 episode: "A Place in the Sun")
The Main Chance Hilda Walker TV series (1 episode: "Where Did I Leave My Shining Armour?")
ITV Playhouse Nora/Nancy TV series (2 episodes: 1972–1973)
Play for Today Maggie/Typing Pool Supervisor/Greta TV series (3 episodes: 1972–1979)
1973 Public Eye Madge Reading TV series (1 episode: "Home and Away")
Crown Court Grace Moresby/Sheila Telfer TV series (5 episodes)
Love Story Audrey TV series (1 episode: "Audrey Had a Little Lamb")
1974 How's Your Father? Doreen Cropper TV series (7 episodes)
1975 Looking for Clancy Eileen Clancy TV series (3 episodes)
1976 Angels Mrs. Overton TV series (1 episode: "Accident")
I, Claudius Agrippinilla TV series (1 episode: "Old King Log")
1978 Hazell Dot Wilmington TV series (9 episodes)
1979 BBC2 Play of the Week Teacher at Hospital TV series (1 episode: "On Giant's Shoulders")
Crime and Punishment Mme. Lippevechsel TV series (2 episodes)
Bless Me Father Miss Davenport TV series (1 episode: "Fatal Lady")
1980 Brothers and Sisters (voice)
The Good Companions Mrs. Oakroyd TV mini-series (3 episodes: 1980–1981)
1982 The Gentle Touch Paula Ferris TV series (1 episode: "Right of Entry")
1983 Praying Mantis Solicitor's Secretary TV movie
1985 White City Mother
1986 Dempsey and Makepeace Miriam Powell TV series (1 episode: "Mantrap")
The Bill Julie Hedges/Gladys Ellis/Mrs. Lindfield TV series (3 episodes: 1986–1996)
1987 A Dorothy L Sayers Mystery Mrs. Lefranc TV series (3 episodes)
Hidden City Woman in Film Disposal Office
A Perfect Spy Sal TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode #1.6")
1988 Witness Gran TV series documentary (1 episode: "Linda's Secret")
1991 Sleepers Elsie TV series (3 episodes)
All Good Things Hetty Wilson TV series (4 episodes)
1992 Virtual Murder Rita TV series (1 episode: "A Touch for Silverado")
1993 Lovejoy Belinda Stroud TV series (1 episode: "The Lost Colony")
1994 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Susan TV mini-series (1 episode: "The Three Gables")
1995 The Vacillations of Poppy Carew Mrs. Frobisher TV movie
Casualty Carmen TV series (1 episode: "Halfway House")
Cracker Helen McIlvanney TV series (1 episode: "Brotherly Love: Part 1")
1997 The Broker's Man Mrs. Parkinson TV series (1 episode: "Dangerous Bends: Part 1")
Midsomer Murders Gwen Trevelyan/Anne Quine TV series (2 episodes: 1997–2006)
1999 Four Feathers Janice Yallop TV series
Family Affairs Sadie Hargreaves/Sadie Lloyd TV series (164 episodes: 1999–2005)
2006 Holby City Oona Prichard/Bridie Passmore TV series (2 episodes: 2006–2011)
Doctors Connie Templeton/Joan Darlington/Miss Barnett TV series (3 episodes: 2006–2016)
2008 Last of the Summer Wine Stella/Florrie TV series (18 episodes: 2008–2010)
2010 Sailor Boy Eileen Short
2012 Hollyoaks Nan TV series (4 episodes)
2015 Orna Esther Short


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