Gwyneth Powell Biography
Gwyneth Powell was an English actress who was born on July 5, 1946. She passed away on September 8, 2022. She played the role of headmistress Bridget McClusky in the BBC television series Grange Hill for a total of eleven series between the years 1981 and 1991. This role brought her the most fame.
Powell was born in the city of Manchester’s Levenshulme neighborhood, and she went to the Cheadle County Grammar School for Girls. It was during her time there that she received some acclaim for her performance as Fat Urs in a production of Ben Jonson’s Bartholemew Fair by the National Youth Theatre. She attended Goldsmiths, University of London to get her teaching certification, but she ultimately decided to pursue a career in repertory theater instead.
The Guardians, a dystopian drama series that aired on LWT in 1971, was where Powell made his first significant appearance on television. She was a frequent performer, albeit a minor one, in numerous television dramas until she was cast in Grange Hill, in which she played the “firm but fair” headmistress Bridget “The Midget” McClusky for eleven years. Prior to that, she was a regular player in several television dramas. In 2008, she had this to say about her role:
At first Mrs McClusky was written as a ‘twin set and pearls’ role but I was quite young at the time and didn’t want to play it like that. We started with the clothes and she was quite fashion conscious and chic. I was told by lots of people she was a great fillip to young women teachers who started applying for headships. The show had repercussions in all kinds of ways and the character did too. My period did coincide with the Thatcher years. I think Mrs McClusky became memorable because we had a prime minister like that.
Powell eventually decided that he wanted to pursue other interests, so he gave the producers and writers of Grange Hill a year to write McClusky out of the series before he announced his departure. She was able to tour the production after purchasing the rights to E. M. Delafield’s Diary of a Provincial Lady and adapting it as a self-financed one-woman show in Edinburgh.
Powell has since also made guest appearances on a variety of other television shows, including Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost, Holby City, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, and Father Brown, as well as Echo Beach in 2008. An episode of the BBC Schools television series Watch featured her as a school teacher during a Victorian School Day. The episode was titled “Watch.”
Powell resurrected her role as Mrs. McClusky in Grange Hill in 2009 for a cameo appearance in an episode of Ashes to Ashes that was set in the year 1982. The program utilized archival footage, and Powell also recorded some new lines for the role. At the Salisbury Playhouse, she was also a part of the production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
Powell began her role as Nana in The Gemma Factor in the year 2010. During the years 2011–2013, she appeared as a recurring character on the Disney Channel show House of Anubis for young adults, playing the part of Nina Martin’s grandmother, who was admitted to the hospital but was eventually discharged. She was a guest on seven different episodes.
In 2013, she was cast in the character of Polly Davies, Greg Davies’ mother, in the comedy series Man Down on Channel 4.
In 1971, Powell tied the knot with actor Alan Leith. She was a supporter of the local theater company known as the Hurstpierpoint Players, which was located in her hometown of Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex.
She passed away on September 8th, 2022 in Brighton at the age of seventy-six. Her death was determined to be the result of complications that arose after an operation to repair a perforated colon.
Gwyneth Powell Cause of death
Gwyneth Powell passed away quietly in the company of her husband (Alan Leith), as well as her niece. She is blamed for having endured hardship “after problems following a major procedure.”
Gwyneth Powell Children
Gwyneth Powell never revealed any information to the public regarding her children in any kind. She had the ability to keep them hidden from the general population.
Gwyneth Powell Net Worth
During the time of her passing, it was believed that Gwyneth Powell had a net worth of more than $5 million.
|1969||Rogues’ Gallery||Second Lady||1 episode|||
|1971||The Guardians||Clare Weston||11 episodes|
|1972||Z Cars||Jean Knight||1 episode|
|1972||Rest assured: Lift Off||Mrs Johnson||TV film|
|1973||Putting on the Agony||Gill||TV film|
|1973||ITV Sunday Knight Theatre||Willy|
|1974||A Raging Calm||Agnes Sutton||TV mini series, 4 episodes|
|1974||Father Brown||Helen Smaill||1 episode|
|1975||Play for Today||Elvira Lewis||1 episode|
|1975||Public Eye||Clare||1 episode|
|1975||Beryl’s Lot||Anita||2 episodes|
|1976||Couples||Lynn Baker||TV series, 6 episodes|
|1972–1976||Dixon of Dock Green||Val Colebrook (1972), Mrs Regan (1972), Anne Hastings (1973), Diane Barnet (1979), Jane Mason (1976)||TV series, 5 episodes|
|1976||Face of Darkness||Eileen|
|1976||Coronation Street||Diana Kenton||3 episodes|
|1976||Emmerdale||Julie Croft||soap opera|
|1978||ITV Playhouse||Doreen||1 episode|
|1978||People Like Us||Frances Hopkins||5 episodes|
|1978||Accident||Betty Richards||3 episodes|
|1978–1980||Armchair Thriller||Woman PC (1978),Doris (1980)||6 episodes|
|1980||The Enigma Files||Anne Gerrard||1 episode|
|1980||Can We Get on Now, Please?||1 episode|
|1982||Squadron||Sqd. Ldr. Margaret Gran||4 episodes|
|1982–1984||The Gentle Touch||DI Mary Woods||2 episodes|
|1986||Chance in a Million||Maureen||1 episode|
|1980–1991||Grange Hill||Mrs McClusky||169 episodes|
|1994||Open Fire||Gloria Martin||TV film|
|1996||Hetty Wainthropp Investigates||Marian Horner||1 episode|
|1997||A Touch of Frost||Kitty Rayford||3 episodes|
|1998||Magic with Everything||Aunt Matilda||TV Series|
|1999||A Kind of Hush||Mrs P.|
|2001||Back to the Secret Garden||Toby the Maid||Film|
|1998–2002||Peak Practice||Annie Gibson (1998), Rose Meredith (2002)||2 episodes|
|2003||Family Affairs||Judge Yardley||1 episode|
|2004||Down to Earth||Mrs Dean||1 episode|
|2004||The Royal||Bunty Weatherill||1 episode|
|2001–2006||Holby City||Jean (2001), Margaret Tanner (2006)||2 episodes|
|2003–2006||Doctors||Janet Armstrong (2003), Janice Wilson (2006)||1 episode|
|2008||Echo Beach||Ivy Trehearne||11 episodes|
|2004–2009||Heartbeat||Shirley Baxter (2004), Margaret Millwood (2009)||2 episodes|
|2009||Ashes to Ashes||Mrs McClusky||1 episode, archive footage with newly recorded audio from Powell.|
|2010||The Gemma Factor||Nana||6 episodes|
|2011||Little Crackers||Headmistress||1 episode|
|2012||House of Anubis||Nina’s Grandmother||7 episodes|
|2013||The Matt Lucas Awards||Herself||1 episode|
|2013||A Touch of Cloth||Mrs McClusky||1 episode|
|2013–2017||Man Down||Polly Davies||19 episodes|
|2014||Casualty||Gloria Pots||1 episode|
|2022||Not Going Out||Nice lady||1 episode|