Actress of Stage and Screen
(large and small)

07 Feb 1923 - 23 July 2014
Dora May Broadbent (stage name Dora Bryan) was born  in Parbold, Wigan, her family moved to Oldham.   Dora's schooling was in Oldham and she joined Oldham Repertory when she was 15, from there she appeared in Pantomime in Manchester and after six years of honing her  craft, she moved to London. During the war she joined ENSA and entertained the troops.

Dora cornered the market for slightly vacant, dizzy blonds and scatterbrained characters, yet she excel in serious parts too.

She met her husband Bill Lawton a cricketer for Lancashire in Oldham in 1940 and they married fourteen years later at St Thomas Church, Oldham in 1954, the couple were happily married for 54 years until his death in 2008.  They had three children.

In 1961 Dora won a BAFTA for Best Actress - for her part in 'A taste of Honey'.

She appeared on stage numerous times, in over 70 films and over 30 TV roles the last being 'Last of the Summer Wine' for 50 episodes.

1996 Dora was awarded an O.B.E. for her service to Drama

Dora retired in 2006.

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