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Josephine Tewson (born 26 February 1939) is an English comic actress best known for her role as Elizabeth in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances and as Miss Davenport in the British television series Last of the Summer Wine. Tewson was born in Hampstead, London. Her father was a professional musician and after grammar school she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She was once married to the actor Leonard Rossiter, though they later divorced. She was a cousin of actor John Inman.
A regular comedy performer in sketches featuring Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker on Frost on Sunday in 1970, she later appeared in Mostly Monkhouse, a BBC Radio Comedy program with David Jason supporting Bob Monkhouse. Tewson also played Edna Hawkins in the first six series of the British sitcom Shelley. In 1988, she played Jane Travers in the sitcom Clarence, which was written by Ronnie Barker and was his last starring television role before his retirement. More recently, she has appeared semi-regularly as Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine (written by Roy Clarke, who also wrote Keeping Up Appearances). She has also appeared in two episodes of the documentary series Comedy Connections, talking about her work in Keeping Up Appearances (2004) and opposite The Two Ronnies (2005). Her other television appearances were in an episode of Heartbeat in 2002 called "Closing The Book" which was part of the eleventh series, and she also featured as a competition judge in `Judgement Day`, an episode in the mystery drama Midsomer Murders.
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Josephine Tewson (born 26 February 1939) is an English stage and television actress. She is best known for her roles in British television sitcoms, such as Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances (1990–95) and Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine (2003–10).
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