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The death has occurred of Ann Emery, the veteran actress who played Ethel Meaker in children’s show Rentaghost. She was 86.

She was the half-sister of comedian Dick Emery and appeared with her him in eight episodes of The Dick Emery Show before landing her Rentaghost.

She also played Grandma in the original cast of the Billy Elliot stage musical at London’s Victoria Palace theatre from 2005 to 2010 and then went on to appear in the Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes.

In 2010 she received a lifetime achievement award from theĀ British Music Hall Society.

She announced her retirement in 2015.