Lynda Bellingham loses battle with cancer at 66
Lynda Bellingham is best known for her role in the television advertisements “Oxo Family”, which appeared on British television between 1983 and 1999. The “Oxo Family” television advertisements show a family of five sitting down to a meal where they liberally doused their food with “Oxo Gravy”. The television advertisements were unique in that they were on the air for long enough to show the family growing into adults. This resulted in many viewers developing a person connection with the family.
Lynda Bellingham was born in Montreal, and was adopted at the age of four months to Donald and Ruth Bellingham who lived in Buckinghamshire. Lynda Bellingham first entered the field of acting with the role of a nurse in the 1970’s version of the soap opera General Hospital. She then went on to appear in more prominent roles in “All Creatures Great and Small”, “Second Thoughts”, and “Faith in the Future”. Her career received a major boost when she stared in a fourteen part “Doctor Who” series “The Trial of a Time Lord”. Lynda Bellingham appeared in the panelist show “Loose Women” several times as a much loved presenter. Lynda enjoyed working as a presenter between 2007 and 2011, and chose to leave the program as the result of health concern and a desire to spend time with her family. She did continue her career as a cookery presenter in My Tasty Travels, and also in the series Country House Sunday.
Lynda Bellingham married three times in her life with her last husband being Michael Pattemore. She received the merit an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.