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Friends and family gather for Lynda Bellingham funeral

Friends and family have gathered for the funeral of actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham, who died from cancer last month.

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Oxo dad: Lynda was 'like the lady next door'

Redfern and Bellingham became household faces as stars in the Oxo adverts. Credit: PA

The man who played Lynda Bellingham's husband in the famous Oxo ads has paid tribute to his former on-screen wife after her death, saying: "Lynda never left the room quietly."

Michael Redfern, the "Oxo dad", told BBC News that Bellingham was liked by everyone on set.

She remembered the names of the crew by name - something I couldn't do. She was a people person.

– Michael Refern, former 'Oxo dad'

Asked why the public had taken her to their hearts, he said: "She was just normal - she was like the lady next door, or the wife or your mother."

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