Panto star pulls out over health

Lynda Bellingham
Lynda Bellingham

ACTRESS and presenter Lynda Bellingham who was to star in this year’s White Rock Theatre pantomime has pulled out of the show due to ill health.

She was to play Fairy Bowbells in this year’s family pantomime adventure Dick Whittington.

However she has recently been diagnosed with cancer and has as a result pulled out of acting commitments including postponing a theatre tour.

The White Rock Theatre has confirmed that the show will go on.

A spokesman said: “Lynda Bellingham was to lead the cast of Dick Whittington - this year’s White Rock Theatre pantomime- but because of ill health she will no longer be appearing in the show.

“Everyone at the White Rock Theatre wishes Lynda a full and speedy recovery.

“Qdos Entertainment, the producers of the White Rock Theatre’s pantomime, have begun the process of recasting. Details will be announced as soon as possible.”

The 65-year-old is best known for her appearances on ITV’s Loose Women, and the Oxo television adverts.

She has also had roles in series including All Creatures Great and Small, The Bill, and At Home with the Braithwaites, and was a contestant on the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Lynda has been an active supporter of Cancer Research UK since losing her sister to lung cancer.