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Supergran dies: TV icon Gudrun Ure passes away as fans across world pay tribute

In Europe
May 15, 2024

Gudrun Ure, the star of globally cherished kids’ show ‘Supergran’, has sadly died at the age of 98. The news prompted fans around the world to share their heartfelt tributes in memory of the Scottish actress, who was beloved for her role in the hit TV show that reached audiences in many countries.

The Scottish actress was best known for her principal role in the iconic childrens’ programme from the mid-1980s. The much-loved series about a superhero gran aired originally from 1985 to 1987 and became a global sensation, winning an Emmy. Gudrun Ure was born in Campsie, Stirlingshire, and had a varied acting career that started in 1951, featuring roles in well-known shows like ‘Casualty’ and ‘Midsomer Murders’.

Fans have been sharing emotional tributes and expressing their sorrow on Twitter. One heartbroken viewer wrote, “So sad to hear that actress Gudrun Ure has died today at the age of 98. Born in Milton in Campsie, she was a seasoned actress of stage and screen. She was much-loved as Super Gran, the main character of the 1980s TV show.”

Kate McNeill, the niece of Gudrun Ure, relayed the unfortunate news of her aunt’s passing on a Facebook page dedicated to the Actress. As reported by the Mirror, she said her aunt was a “really kind” person who derived joy from her association with her most famous role. She shared an endearing memory from her last December visit with Ure where she was thrilled about the potential reboot of ‘Supergran’ into a movie and recalled interacting with celebrities like George Best, featured in the show.

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Upon her demise, fans took to social media to express their grief. One posted: “Sad news coming in that Supergran AKA Gudrun Ure has passed away at the grand old age of 98.” Another expressed their heartfelt emotions saying: “Ah no! Loved Supergran. Thanks for the memories Gudrun.”

Another one reminisced about the impact of the show stating: “Supergran was a great kids show and the theme song was an absolute banger. It is sad news #RIPGudrunUre.” Another individual reflected: “Ah no! I was just telling the kids about her last week. Sleep well Supergran.” A devoted fan paid tribute to her as a “a serious granny” while offering a simple “RIP.” The theme of treasured childhood experiences was echoed by another admirer who posted: “Childhood memories..”

And in yet another declaration of the high esteem she was held in, one user said: “She was and always be a legend.” Tributes continued to flood in, with one person reminiscing: “Oh no. Remember Supergran, theme tune sung by Billy Connolly.” Another person expressed their grief by sharing: “Broken at this. A massive, massive part of my youth. When things were that bit more innocent. Sleep tight supergran.”

Gudrun Ure, born on 12 March 1926, had an illustrious career including playing Desdemona opposite Orson Welles’ Othello. Her cinematic credits include the 1954 film Man with a Million and television appearances in Garry Halliday and Armchair Theatre. However, it is for her role in the Eighties television series Supergran that she became most loved. At the young age of 59, Gudrun took on the role that would turn her into a household name for generations to come.

The children’s TV series, which inspired two computer games at the time, was based on a super-powered grandmother from the books penned by Forrest Wilson. The show’s antagonist, Scunner Campbell, was portrayed by the late actor and theatre director Iain Cuthbertson. The programme was a hit among young viewers during its run, bagging an Emmy and being sold to over 60 countries globally. It even gained significant popularity in Cuba, where it was translated into Spanish.

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