Full Name: Mary Isobel Sugden

Description: Actress, UK

Known For: Known for portraying the saleswoman Mrs. Slocombe in the popular British sitcom Are You Being Served?

Location: United Kingdom

Date Born: 21st July 1922
Location Born: Keighley, United Kingdom

Date Died: 1st July 2009
Location Died: Guildford, United Kingdom

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Mollie Sugden

Isobel Mary “Mollie” Sugden (21 July 1922 – 1 July 2009) was an English comedy actress, best known for portraying the saleswoman Mrs. Slocombe in the British sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972-85). She later reprised this role in Grace & Favour (1992-93). Sugden appeared in many other television series, including The Liver Birds, That’s My Boy and Coronation Street.

She later reprised this role in Grace & Favour, which ran from 1992 to 1993. Sugden also appeared in The Liver Birds and Coronation Street.

Shortly after she left school, the Second World War broke out, and Sugden worked in a munitions factory in Keighley making shells for the Royal Navy. However, she was later made redundant so she attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

When Sugden graduated from the Guildhall School of Drama, she worked in rep for eight years with a company that included Eric Sykes and Roy Dotrice. She also had work in radio and made her television debut in a live half-hour comedy show.

Sugden’s big break that gave her nationwide fame was the role of Mrs Slocombe—a department-store saleswoman with a socially superior attitude, a repertoire of double entendres, and a penchant for bouffant, pastel-colored coiffures—in the popular and long-running Are You Being Served?, which ran from 1972 to 1985.

Seven years after the end of Are You Being Served?, five of the original cast – including Sugden – came together to appear in Grace & Favour.

In 2002 a tribute programme called Celebrating Mollie Sugden: An Are You Being Served? Special aired on American PBS stations featuring several members of the cast of Are You Being Served.

Sugden died at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford on 1 July 2009 of unspecified natural causes.