Former EastEnders actress Mona Hammond has handed away aged 91.
The trailblazing star performed Blossom on the BBC’s long-running cleaning soap between 1994 and 1997 after which once more in 2010 however is greatest know for her pioneering work co-founding the Talawa Theatre Firm.
In that capability, she was in a position nurture tons of of Black actors and administrators, with the corporate’s focusing being to reinterpret basic performs with actors from the Black British, Caribbean and African diaspora within the UK.
Its first manufacturing was a remodeling of CLR James’ The Black Jacobins with an all-Black solid.
“We’re devastated to listen to of the passing of Mona Hammond OBE,” the corporate tweeted yesterday. “As one of many founders of Talawa, a trailblazer and champion of Black British theatre, Mona’s ardour and imaginative and prescient will stay elementary to all we do, and her legacy will perpetually burn shiny.”
Hammond’s TV performing roles included elements on Coronation Avenue, The Sweeney, Desmond’s and The Crouches. She additionally appeared in movies akin to Manderlay, Kinky Boots and 10,000BC.
Nevertheless, it was as Jackson household matriarch Blosson in EastEnders the place she was most well-known in Britain. She was given an OBE for providers to UK drama in 2005 and landed a number of different gongs for her work.
Born Mavis Chin in Jamaica to Chinese language and Jamaican mother and father, she emigrated to the UK in 1959 earlier than altering her title as he moved into performing.
She is survived by a son.