Who played Nana in the Royle Family? What else was Liz Smith in?

Liz Smith MBE was a fantastic and highly acclaimed English actress who was loved by many as Nana in The Royle Family.

Known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley and The Royle Family, she established herself as a phenomenal character actress.

Read on to find out more about the British star …

Liz Smith still alive?

Unfortunately, Liz Smith is no longer with us.

She died on December 24, 2016 at the age of 95.

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Her spokesman said at the time, “BAFTA-winning actress Liz Smith died on Christmas Eve at the age of 95, her family announced.”


Liz at the Vicar of Dibley (Image Credit: BBC)

Who did Liz Smith play in The Vicar of Dibley?

Liz played Letitia Cropley in The Vicar of Dibley for seven episodes.

She was a beloved character, but was killed in the 1996 Easter special.

Her character was one of many local eccentrics and was known in the village as a terrible cook.

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As a council member, she is said to have been a real beauty in her youth.

Who did she play on The Royle Family?

the Royle family
Nana in the Royle Family (Image Credit: BBC)

Liz played Nana, whose full name was Norma Speakman, in The Royle Family. Her character was killed in a Christmas special in 2006.

At the time of her death in real life, her former co-star Ralf Little tweeted his sympathies.

He shared, “It is devastating to lose two members of my second family in one terrible year. RIP Liz Smith. Goodbye Nana. Xxx. “

The actress Caroline Aherne died of lung cancer that same year.

What films was she in?

Liz Smith won a Bafta
Liz won a BAFTA (Credit: SplashNews)

The actress has appeared in many films throughout her career.

One of her last major film roles was Grandma Georgina in Johnny Depp’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

For her role in the film A Private Function, she won Best Supporting Actress BAFTA in 1985.

In the film, she plays the mother of the Maggie Smith character.

The film is about a couple who tried to profit from the underground pork market during World War II.

Was she married Did she have children?

Liz was married to a man named Jack Thomas from 1945 to 1959. They had a son and a daughter together.

However, Liz says she raised her children on her own.

She spoke of the financial setbacks and social disapproval she had experienced during those years.

Speaking on Desert Island Discs in 2008, Liz stated, “No, my husband left almost immediately. No money and no acceptance either, because in a very primitive suburb to be alone with two children you have been ignored. People would cross the street and literally speak.

“Oh yeah. It was a very, very unfortunate state. And I kept jumping out and buying two Pennyworth broken china and I came back and threw it against the wall, things like that.”

Was she related to actress Maggie Smith?

Although she played her mother in a movie, they weren’t related in real life.

They just shared the very common surname.

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