Hi everyone, it's Lynda Bellingham here!
Where do I start? Well I became a Loose Woman in 2007. I guess you could describe me as no-nonsense with amusing grumpiness (that’s been known to rival Carol McGiffin at times!) I like to get my point across.
On May 31st 2008, I not only celebrated my 60th birthday but also tied the knot with Michael – who you’ll know better as ‘Mr Spain’ on the show. We met in Spain while I was on holiday, hence the nickname. He popped the question by hiding my engagement ring in a champagne flute while we were having dinner in my favourite restaurant The Ivy. How romantic! On my Wedding day he gave me a Zimmer frame with a personalized number plate. Cheeky man.
Although I’ve played a variety of roles many people remember me as the mum in the 80s OXO gravy adverts. Although I look back on those ads with great affection, I’m glad my career has moved on .Taxi Drivers used to tell me they would love to have me as their Mum now they say they are glad I am a Loose woman!
In real life, I’ve have two sons named Michael and Robbie from my previous marriage. They are twenty one and twenty six. They like the fact I am an actress as long as I don't talk about them which I do sometimes on Loose Women.
I also have a Stepson named Brad who also lives with us. He is lovely but I am surrounded by men! My Stepdaughter, Stacey, lives in Bristol with her husband and son so she can't help me out.
I got my big break on ITV soap General Hospital in the 1970s. This led to roles in several other major television series including Helen Herriott in All Creatures Great and Small; the title role in Faith in the Future and appearances in At Home with the Braithwaites and Bonkers.
In 2004, I showed a different side of me by playing recurring villainess Irene Radford in The Bill. It was going so well and then one day I read the script and saw that I was going to be shot. My Mum always used to say when she saw me die on TV she knew I was back on the dole.
I am currently treading the boards in the stage version of Calendar Girls. I play the role of Chris Harper, played by Helen Mirren in the 2003 film. Along with the rest of the cast, I bravely strip off during the show, you may have seen the picture where I’m covering my modesty with a couple of flags and a tea towel. Why not come and see me. It is a really good night out.