Barbara Young (actress)

Barbara Young (born 9 February 1931, Brighouse, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English actress.[3] She is known for her role as the future Emperor Nero's mother, Agrippina, in the landmark 1976 BBC serial I, Claudius.[4]

Barbara Young
Barbara Young

(1931-02-09) 9 February 1931 (age 90)[1][2]
Years active1957–present
Notable work
Coronation Street
Family Affairs
I, Claudius
Last of the Summer Wine


She also played Miss Scatcherd in the 1970 film of Jane Eyre, Eileen Clancy in the 1975 TV series Looking For Clancy, Dot Wilmington in the TV series Hazell, and appeared in On Giant's Shoulders for the BBC in 1979.[3]

She played the long-running role of gossipy yet lovable Sadie Hargreaves Lloyd in soap opera Family Affairs. Sadie, a former theatre actress turned barmaid, was a key figure in the show from 1998 until 2005, making her one of the show's longest serving characters.[5]

Young previously acted in soap opera Coronation Street in the early 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. In February 2007, she rejoined the cast of Coronation Street, an old friend of Rita Sullivan called Doreen Fenwick until December that year.

She appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders, the 1997 pilot episode The Killing at Badger's Drift and the 2006 episode Last Year's Model.[6][7]

In 2008, she made a guest appearance in an episode of the long-running BBC comedy series Last of the Summer Wine, "Get Out of That, Then", as Bobby Ball's wife Florrie.[8] Following the departure of Kathy Staff from the series in 2008, Young joined the regular cast as Nora Batty's sister, Stella.[9]

She appeared in Hollyoaks playing as Mags (Nan to Scott Sabeka) from 10 – 13 April 2012.

She is the mother of the singer Liza Pulman and the actress Cory Pulman.[10]


Year Film Role Notes
1957 On Stage - London N/A TV series (Episode #1.1)
1960 Fred Emney Picks a Pop Waitress TV film
BBC Sunday-Night Play Nancy TV mini-series (1 episode: "The Chopping Block")
Bootsie and Snudge Rosemary TV series (1 episode: "The Blind Date")
1960, 1961 Armchair Theatre Sheila / Flo TV series (2 episodes)
1961 Emergency-Ward 10 Maida Crosby TV series (Episode #1.452)
ITV Play of the Week Clare TV series (1 episode: "The Primitive")
1961, 1982, 1991, 2007 Coronation Street Betty Ridgeway / Dorothy Stockwell / Barbara Platt / Doreen Fenwick TV series (60 episodes)
1962 Crying Down the Lane Pat TV mini-series (Episode #1.3)
No Hiding Place Jean Haven / Sharron Webb TV series (2 episodes)
Bulldog Breed Miss Wilson TV series (1 episode: "The New Garage")
1965 Pardon the Expression Pam Plummer TV series (3 episodes)
1966 Dr. Kildare Saleslady TV series (1 episode: "No Other Road")
Homicide Nancy Coleman TV series (1 episode: "What Milk Train?")
1968 The Root of All Evil? Jacky TV series (1 episode: "You Can Only Buy Once")
1970 Jane Eyre Miss Scatcherd TV film
1972 War & Peace Anna Scherer TV mini-series (2 episodes)
Nearest and Dearest Woman in Doctor's TV series (1 episode: "A Place in the Sun")
The Main Chance Hilda Walker TV series (1 episode: "Where Did I Leave My Shining Armour?")
1972, 1973 ITV Playhouse Nancy / Nora TV series (2 episodes)
1972, 1976, 1979 Play for Today Greta / Typing Pool Supervisor / Maggie TV series (3 episodes)
1973 Public Eye Madge Reading TV series (1 episode: "Home and Away")
Crown Court Sheila Telfer / Grace Moresby TV series (5 episodes)
Love Story Audrey TV series (1 episode: "Audrey Had a Little Lamb")
1974 How's Your Father? Doreen Cropper TV series (7 episodes)
1975 Looking for Clancy Eileen Clancy TV series (3 episodes)
1976 Angels Mrs. Overton TV series (1 episode: "Accident")
I, Claudius Agrippinilla TV series (1 episode: "Old King Log")
1978 Hazell Dot Wilmington TV series (9 episodes)
1979 BBC2 Play of the Week Teacher at Hospital TV series (1 episode: "On Giant's Shoulders")
Crime and Punishment Mme. Lippevechsel TV series (2 episodes)
Bless Me Father Miss Davenport TV series (1 episode: "Fatal Lady")
1980 Brothers and Sisters Unnamed Feature film, (Voice role)
1980–1981 The Good Companions Mrs. Oakroyd TV mini-series (3 episodes)
1982 The Gentle Touch Paula Ferris TV series (1 episode: "Right of Entry")
1983 Praying Mantis Solicitor's Secretary TV film
1985 White City Mother Feature film
1986 Dempsey and Makepeace Miriam Powell TV series (1 episode: "Mantrap")
1986, 1993, 1996 The Bill Mrs. Lindfield / Gladys Ellis / Julie Hedges TV series (3 episodes)
1987 A Dorothy L Sayers Mystery Mrs. Lefranc TV series (3 episodes)
Hidden City Woman in Film Disposal Office Feature Film
A Perfect Spy Sal TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode #1.6")
1988 Witness Gran TV series documentary (1 episode: "Linda's Secret")
1991 Sleepers Elsie TV series (3 episodes)
All Good Things Hetty Wilson TV series (4 episodes)
1992 Virtual Murder Rita TV series (1 episode: "A Touch for Silverado")
1993 Lovejoy Belinda Stroud TV series (1 episode: "The Lost Colony")
1994 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Susan TV mini-series (1 episode: "The Three Gables")
1995 The Vacillations of Poppy Carew Mrs. Frobisher TV film
Casualty Carmen TV series (1 episode: "Halfway House")
Cracker Helen McIlvanney TV series (1 episode: "Brotherly Love: Part 1")
1997 The Broker's Man Mrs. Parkinson TV series (1 episode: "Dangerous Bends: Part 1")
1997, 2006 Midsomer Murders Anne Quine / Gwen Trevelyan TV series (2 episodes)
1998–2005 Family Affairs Sadie Hargreaves/Sadie Lloyd TV series (168 episodes)
1999 Four Feathers Janice Yallop TV series
2006, 2011 Holby City Bridie Passmore / Oona Prichard TV series (2 episodes)
2006, 2010, 2016 Doctors Miss Barnett / Joan Darlington / Connie Templeton TV series (3 episodes)
2008–2010 Last of the Summer Wine Stella / Florrie TV series (18 episodes)
2010 Sailor Boy Eileen Short
2012 Hollyoaks Nan TV series (4 episodes)
2015 Orna Esther Short
2018 The Keeper Grandma Sarah Feature film


  1. ^ "Liza Pulman: 'Streisand sent my mum a handwritten letter, saying it was a privilege to meet her'". Irish Independent. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Barbara Young". BFI.
  4. ^ "Claudius Takes a New Wife", The Age, 16 May 1978, p. 4. Retrieved 11 July 2011
  5. ^ "End of the Affairs for Five soap". 30 December 2005 – via
  6. ^ "The Killings at Badger's Drift (1997)". BFI.
  7. ^ "Last Year's Model (2006)". BFI.
  8. ^ "BBC One - Last of the Summer Wine, Series 29, Get Out of That, Then". BBC.
  9. ^ "How Not to Cry at Weddings (2010)". BFI.
  10. ^ Galton, Bridget. "Liza Pulman Sings Streisand, Lyric Theatre, West End". Hampstead Highgate Express.

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