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EastEnders, Desmond's actress Mona Hammond dies, aged 91

EastEnders, Desmond's actress Mona Hammond dies, aged 91
Mona Hammond, star of EastEnders and Desmond's, dies at the age of 91.

Former EastEnders star Mona Hammond has died at the age of 91.

The actress was known for playing Blossom, the stoic grandmother of the Jackson clan, between 1994 and 1997 - a role she reprised briefly for two episodes in 2010.

Hammond also appeared in the seminal Channel 4 sitcom Desmond's and spinoff series Porkpie as Susu, while she also guest starred in Doctor Who as the grandmother of Mickey/Ricky (Noel Clarke).

Announcing the news of her death on Twitter, RADA chair Marcus Ryder wrote: "It is with sadness that I wake up to the news Mona Hammond has died. Among her numerous achievements she co-founded Talawa Theatre Company in 1985.

"She was also a @RADA_London graduate and received an honorary RADA Fellowship in 2019."

An EastEnders spokesperson said: "We are deeply saddened to hear that Mona Hammond has passed away. Mona created a no-nonsense grandmother in Blossom Jackson who was adored by the audience and everyone who worked with her. Our love and thoughts are with Mona's family and friends."

Hammond is survived by her son and granddaughter.

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