Super Gran actor Gudrun Ure dies aged 98

Gudrun Ure

Gudrun Ure, who was famously known for playing the character of Super Gran in the well-liked children's show on ITV during the 1980s, has passed away at 98 years old.

Based on what her niece, Kate McNeill, shared, she passed away while at her residence in London.

Ure's birthplace is Milton of Campsie which is close to Stirling. She had spent her childhood in Glasgow. During her initial stage as an actress, she performed at the Edinburgh festival, Children's Theatre, and starred in Othello directed by Orson Welles and released in 1951. Ure also played roles in TV dramas like Midsomer Murders and Casualty.

However, Ure's most recognizable role is as Super Gran, which she began playing when she was 59 years old. Her character possessed extraordinary powers, including superhuman strength and agility, after being struck by a magic ray. The program showcased simple special effects from that time period, and a stunt double who performed cartwheels. Super Gran originated from a series of children's books authored by Forrest Wilson and illustrated by David McKee, which were initially published in 1978.

Many famous personalities from the 1970s and 80s made appearances on the program, such as the muscular powerhouse and hurler of the shot put, Geoff Capes, the comedic performer Roy Kinnear, and the soccer player George Best.

Back in 1987, Ure expressed to the BBC that he thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role.

Billy Connolly wrote and played the music for the show's opening song. In the song, he says, "Forget about all those famous actors like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Sylvester Stallone - they're all fake compared to her. She's the real deal!"

The blog concluded with the statement: "Is there anything that she cannot do?"

Although only 27 installments of Super Gran were produced, it was shown in 60 nations and received an international Emmy in the category of kids and youth back in 1985.

According to McNeill, Gudrun had an exceptional voice that stayed with her. McNeill recalled a time when her spouse was watching an episode of Casualty, and she immediately recognized Gudrun's voice.

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