Gretchen Franklin

Biography: Gretchen Franklin made her first screen appearance in the 1954 British suspense film Before I Wake (1954), directed by Albert S. Rogell, in which she acted alongside Mona Freeman, Jean Kent and Mazwell Reed. During the 1960s and 70s she made her name through guest roles on various sit-coms, such as "Some Mothers DO 'Ae Em" (1973) which starred Michael Crawford. She also appeared on the BBC'S "The Morecambe & Wise Show" (1968). It was, however, with the BBC'S "Eastenders" (1985) that she became a household name, as Ethel Skinner, at the age of 75. As one of the original cat members in 1985, she stayed with the show until semi retirement in 1993 - from the until 1997 she made three or four appearances in Christmas episodes of special occasions. In June 2000, at the age of 88, shw was asked back to Eastenders to reprise her role, and declared that she was glad to be free of the boredom of retirement. She once said of herself. "I can play the comdey scenes or theGretchen Franklin made her first screen appearance in the 1954 British suspense film Before I Wake (1954), directed by Albert S. Rogell, in which she acted alongside Mona Freeman, Jean Kent and Mazwell Reed. During the 1960s and 70s she made her name through guest roles on various sit-coms, such as "Some Mothers DO 'Ae Em" (1973) which starred Michael Crawford. She also appeared on the BBC'S "The Morecambe & Wise Show" (1968). It was, however, with the BBC'S "Eastenders" (1985) that she became a household name, as Ethel Skinner, at the age of 75. As one of the original cat members in 1985, she stayed with the show until semi retirement in 1993 - from the until 1997 she made three or four appearances in Christmas episodes of special occasions. In June 2000, at the age of 88, shw was asked back to Eastenders to reprise her role, and declared that she was glad to be free of the boredom of retirement. She once said of herself. "I can play the comdey scenes or the tearjrekers. The directors and producers have realised that. "Off screen she devoted much of her time to charity work, giving away the royalies from international syndication of Eastenders to Charaties that are "all for animals or old people". She died aged 94 in 2005. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd EastEnders: Season 20 Jan 3, 2005 Ethel Skinner (1985-2000) tbd
tbd EastEnders: Season 19 Jan 1, 2004 Ethel Skinner (1985-2000) tbd
tbd EastEnders: Season 18 Sep 1, 2003 Ethel Skinner (1985-2000) tbd
tbd EastEnders: Season 1 Feb 19, 1985 Ethel Skinner (1985-2000) 7.3