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The EastEnders actress’s stepdaughter Anna Karen is delighted that her late stepmother has left her £427,000 fortune to her soap opera co-star.
Gloria Gill, 71, said Sophie Lawrence had cared for her mom and dad for many years and that she deserved her money.
On The Buses star Anna Karen died in February in a terrace fire at her home in Ilford, East London, which neighbors believe she started with a cigarette after she fell asleep while she used to smoke.
It was then revealed on Saturday that Miss Karen left most of her estate to former EastEnders actress Sophie Lawrence.
Speaking from her home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Miss Gill said: “She was very close with Anna. We used to speak every two weeks or so.
“But she didn’t expect to receive money, she was very happy that she left it to Sophie.
He knew that he was going to give the money to Sophie. Sophie has taken very good care of my father and Anna and, as I live up here, she was a bit limited in what she could do.
She’s a lovely girl, Sophie
She’s a lovely girl, Sophie, and she deserves everything. She really has taken care of both of them: my dad and Anna.
She has known them for years.
Miss Gill, who used to work in an office but is now retired, was born in Highgate and brought up in Shoreditch.
Miss Karen, who played downtrodden wife Olive Rudge on ITV’s raunchy sitcom between 1969 and 1973, left £427,197, her estate records reveal.
Her will left 65 per cent of her net worth to her close friend Miss Lawrence, 50, after payment of legal and funeral costs, inheritance tax and a bequest of £1,500 to another. dude.
Miss Karen’s will left an additional fifth of the remainder
Miss Karen’s will left an additional fifth of the remainder of her estate to Miss Gill, the daughter of her actor husband Terry Duggan, who died in 2008.
Another eighth was left to four other friends or family members and the final 2.5 percent was left to the Actors’ Welfare Fund.
Miss Karen, who was born in South Africa, acted as a stripper to pay for her studies at drama school. She starred in 74 episodes of On The Buses, as well as three spin-off films, playing the sister of bus driver Stan Butler played by Reg Varney.
Miss Lawrence played Diane Butcher on EastEnders between 1988 and 1991, followed by several guest appearances on the BBC soap opera over the next few years.
Gloria Gill Quick and Facts
- Gloria Gill, 71, said she ‘wasn’t expecting any money’ from step mum
- EastEnders actress died in February in a blaze at her home in Ilford, East London
- Gill said that co-star Lawrence looked after her mum and dad for many years
- ‘She is a lovely girl, Sophie, and she deserves it all’, Miss Gill said