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Gilly Flower (26 August 1908 – 17 February 2001) was an English actress and model, best remembered as the elderly Miss Abitha Tibbs in the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers.

Gilly Flower
Born Gertrude Adele Jacobs
26 August 1908
London, England
Died 17 February 2001 (aged 92)
Surrey, England
Occupation Actress

Gilly Flower played Miss Tibbs in all twelve episodes of the show, which was produced in two six-episode series separated by a three-and-a-half-year interval (September–October 1975 and February–March 1979, apart from the twelfth episode which was not shown until October 1979).

A native of London, Gilly Flower had her first film role in 1932 and, with the advent of television in Britain, she found a new outlet for her talents, continuing to appear in such programmes as Z-Cars, Steptoe and Son and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Early in her career, Flower was also a model and seven portrait photographs taken by Bassano, in which she is modelling hats from Kembray, may today be found in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.[1]

Gilly Flower retired from acting in 1991.


  1. ^ "Gilly Flower - Person - National Portrait Gallery". Retrieved 24 December 2017.

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