Frances Cuka, known for playing “nice grandma”, Nelly Buller on the Channel 4 sitcom Friday evening dinner, died at 83 years old.
The British actress died on February 16, 2020, she reports The Guardian. The cause of death was not specified, but had previously suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with cancer.
Cuka started on stage with the visionary director Joan Littlewood in Stratford East and George Devine at the Royal Court, played by Shelagh Delaney A taste of honey (1958) and John Arden Live like pigs (1958).
She later went on to television, playing Constance Povey / Constance Baines in 1964 The Old Wives Taleand Dr. Lucy Newton in Emergency department 10 in 1966. He also had recurring roles in the soap operas Crossroads and Coronation Street.
Cuka was the second actress to play Peggy Mitchell in BBC soap EastEnders, when the character was first introduced in 1991 and had filmed several scenes before he was fired and his scenes demolished. It has been replaced by Jo Warne.
It also appears as a Tearsheet Doll in Henry IV, part two of the BBC Shakespeare series, and as the homeless Mrs. Bassey victim, his latest TV appearance came on the Channel 4 sitcom Friday evening dinner (from 2011 to 2017) as grandmother, Nelly Buller, mother of Jackie Goodman (Tamsin Greig).
Cuka had a limited film curriculum, which included The Watcher in the Woods (1980), a supernatural thriller with Bette Davis and Carroll Baker; By Bob Rafelson Mountains of the moon (1990); a gothic horror twist Snow White (1997) with Sigourney Weaver as the bad stepmother; Roman Polanski Oliver Twist (2005) with Ben Kingsley as Fagin; is Closer to the moon (2014) a bizarre Romanian robbery comedy starring Mark Strong.
Robert Popper, creator of Friday evening dinner, opened the way with tributes, writing: “Terribly sad that our wonderful grandmother of the Friday night dinner, Frances Cuka, has passed away.”
Sanjeev Bhaskar wrote: “Sad to hear of the disappearance of #FrancesCuka always such a welcome, warm and hilarious presence in # Fridaynightdinner # ripnicegrandma”
– Sanjeev Bhaskar (@TVSanjeev) February 20, 2020
“I can’t believe #FrancesCuka is absolutely dead and loved like Nelly in #FridayNightDinner,” wrote a fan.
Another added: “So I just found out that the actor who plays the nelly part in #FridayNightDinner disappeared thank God, God bless his soul, it was incredible in the program.”
– Leona Kate Laird (@ leonakate93) February 20, 2020
So I just discovered the actor who plays Nelly #FridayNightDinner disappeared frances Cuka god bless his soul was incredible in the program 🙌🏽🙌🏽❤️❤️❤️
– RyanHunt_Hazza768 (@ RyanHun68284588) February 20, 2020
“OMG I’m so sad to hear that #francescuka died @robertpopper. He was the best character of the Friday night dinner. #Fridaynightdinner will always be remembered,” said a third.
– Name … (@JamieScrivinYT) February 20, 2020