Actress Carol Lee Scott, who was best known as Grotbags the witch, has died at the age of 74.
She appeared in children’s programmes in the 1980s and early 1990s, including ITV’s Rod Hull’s Emu’s World.
Her family confirmed the news on social media, with her niece Gina Mear writing on Facebook on Wednesday that the actress had “lost her brave fight against cancer”.
“To many of you she was Grotbags – a legend!” she said.
“To me she was just aunty Carol. I shall miss her hugely, rest in peace Carol.”
The actress was warmly remembered by comic and performer Rufus Hound, who described her as “an icon for folk of my generation”.
Hull’s son Toby added his voice to the tributes, tweeting: “Sending our thoughts to the family of Carol Lee Scott, what great memories we have of her. Xx”
Her character Grotbags was a dastardly pantomime witch, with a bright green wig and face to match.
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Lee Scott, who was born in Somerset, began her career with cabaret performances touring clubs in the north of England, as well as stints as a London pub singer and as a Pontins Blue Coat.
She worked for the holiday park for 19 years before she began collaborating with Hull on a series of children’s 1980s TV shows. They created the character Grotbags during a summer season in Cleethorpes and stayed friends until his death in 1999.
Grotbags first appeared in Emu’s World before going on to get her own eponymous show, which ran on ITV for three series between 1991 and 1993.
The show, set in the Gloomy Fortress, also starred puppeteer Richard Coombs.