|Spouses||Donald Stewart (deceased) (1948-2015)|
|First appearance||Series 1, Episode 1|
|Last appearance||Series 10, Episode 9|
|Number of appearances||50|
|Played by||Janine Duvitski|
Janine Duvitski (born Christine Janine Drzewicki in June 1952)
Duvitski had a small role opposite Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasence in Dracula (1979), and appeared in the 1980 rock music film Breaking Glass. She also appeared in The Madness of King George (1994), About a Boy (2002), The New World (2005) and Angel (2007).
Duvitski first came to national attention in Abigail's Party, written and directed in 1977 by Mike Leigh. The play opened in April 1977 at the Hampstead Theatre, returning after its initial run in the summer of 1977, with a total of 104 performances. A suburban situation comedy of manners, the play is a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that had emerged in Britain in the 1970s. In November 1977 an abridged version of the play, lasting 104 minutes, was recorded at the BBC as a Play for Today. Duvitski plays Angela, a nurse, wife of Tony Cooper, appearing meek and somewhat childlike, unintelligent and tactless. She comes into her own only when host Laurence Moss suffers his fatal heart attack at the climax of the play.
Her theatre career has also included productions at Britain's National Theatre, Young Vic and Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 2007 she appeared on stage in the revival of English National Opera's On the Town. The production, which also included veteran British comic actress June Whitfield, saw Duvitski give a "touching comic account of Lucy Schmeeler, Hildy’s homely roommate".