Ann Emery, best known for playing Ethel Meaker in the children's show Rentaghost, has died at the age of 86.
Ms Emery also starred as Grandma in the original Billy Elliot stage production from 2005 to 2010, and its director Stephen Daldry released a statement confirming her death.
He paid tribute to her "zest for life and professional experience."
The official Twitter feed for the Billy Elliot also posted a tribute.
Ms Emery was born in London 1930 and was the half-sister of comedian Dick. She featured in eight episodes of The Dick Emery Show before getting her Rentaghost role in 1976.
She starred alongside Christopher Biggins and Sue Nicholls until the show ended in 1984 after 58 episodes.
She retired from acting in 2014 after suffering with a back problem.
Several stage stars and celebrities posted tributes on Twitter including singer Elaine Paige and her former co-star Biggins.