|Born||21st July 1922|
|Died||1st July 2009 (aged 86)|
|First appearance||Mum's Army|
|Last appearance||My British Buddy|
|Series||2 - 3 (Radio Series)|
|Episode count||3 (Radio Series)|
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life and career[edit | edit source]
Mollie Sugden was born in Keighley, Yorkshire. Not long after she left school, she went to work at a munitions factory, making shells for the Royal Navy during WWII. However when enough shells got manufactured, Mollie amongst the two thousand woman in the profession got made redundant, but this was no great loss for her. She took her chance to follow her passion for acting and went into training at the Guildhall School of Drama.
Early acting career[edit | edit source]
After graduating drama school, Mollie did an eight year spell in rep at Accrington, then Oldham. She later became a peformer for radio and television; televison shows included Hugh and I (produced and directed by David Croft), Jackanory and Coronation Street.
Dad's Army[edit | edit source]
Mollie took over the role of Mrs. Fox from Pamela Cundell in three radio episodes of Dad's Army. In her debut episode, she also played a waitress at Ann's Pantry.
Other acting work and later career[edit | edit source]
The public will probably best know Mollie Sugden as Mrs. Slocombe from David Croft's other sitcom, Are You Being Served? where she starred alongside, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard, Arthur Brough, Harold Bennett, Penny Irving, Larry Martyn, Arthur English and many other actors who also appeared in the Dad's Army franchise. She also played the title character in the sci-fi comedy, Come Back Mrs. Noah (written by David Croft and directed by Bob Spiers).
Final years and death[edit | edit source]
After appearing in The Bill in 2003, Mollie Sugden retired from acting. Her last public appearance was in 2009 at the funeral of her Are You Being Served? co-star Wendy Richard. About four months later on July 1st, Mollie died of heart failure in Guilford, Surrey.