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Supergran star Gudrun Ure dies as fans left ‘broken’ by loss of global TV ‘legend’

In Europe
May 15, 2024

Gudrun Ure, the star of kids’ show Supergran, has died at the age of 98. The beloved actress was a staple of childhoods around the world after the hit TV series that was translated to many languages globally, with the news of her death prompting a huge outpouring of tributes and condolences from all corners of the globe.

The renowned Scottish actress played a grandmother with remarkable powers in the ITV show, and enjoyed immense popularity when it aired between 1985 and 1987. Ure, who hailed from Campsie, Stirlingshire, had an illustrious acting career that began in 1951, featuring on widely watched shows such as ‘Casualty’ and ‘Midsomer Murders’.

A wave of grief has swept across Twitter, with fans expressing their sorrow through heartfelt messages. One admirer tweeted: “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.”

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Fans reflected on their 'childhood memories' of Gudrun in an outpouring of condolence messages

Fans reflected on their ‘childhood memories’ of Gudrun in an outpouring of condolence messages -Credit:ITV/Rex Features

Following the sad news of the death of actress Gudrun Ure, social media was flooded with fond remembrances of the star of TV series ‘Supergran’. Tributes were led by Gudrun Ure’s niece, Kate McNeill, who paid tribute to her as a “really kind” individual and described how her aunt was thrilled at the prospect of a potential reboot of the popular TV series as a new film.

Fans expressed their fondness for the actress, sharing how much they enjoyed her work. One fan said: “Sad news coming in that Supergran AKA Gudrun Ure has passed away at the grand old age of 98,” with another adding, “Ah no! Loved Supergran. Thanks for the memories Gudrun.”

A third commenter remarked: “Supergran was a great kids show and the theme song was an absolute banger. It is sad news #RIPGudrunUre.” One individual fondly recalled: “Ah no! I was just telling the kids about her last week. Sleep well Supergran.” A fan referred to her as “a serious granny” while expressing his condolences with a simple “RIP.”

Another admirer echoed this sentiment of cherished childhood recollections, commenting: “Childhood memories..” And still another stated: “She was and always will be a legend.” Tributes kept pouring in, as one person remembered: “Oh no. Remember Supergran, theme tune sung by Billy Connolly.” Another shared their sorrow: “Broken at this. A massive, massive part of my youth. When things were that bit more innocent. Sleep tight supergran.”

BBC Newsnight even paid tribute to Gudrun after hearing of her death, with a heartfelt tribute at the end of the show

BBC Newsnight even paid tribute to Gudrun after hearing of her death, with a heartfelt tribute at the end of the show -Credit:BBC

Born on March 12, 1926, Gudrun Ure enjoyed a successful career which included playing Desdemona opposite Orson Welles’ Othello. Her impressive list of acting credits includes the 1954 film Man with a Million, as well as television appearances in Garry Halliday and Armchair Theatre. Despite this, it’s her role in the 1980s television series Supergran for which she is best known. At the age of 59, Gudrun embraced the character that would make her a beloved figure in households 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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