Sylvia Kay

Sylvia Margaret Kay (16 May 1936 – 18 January 2019)[1] was an English character actress who had many roles in British television programmes, most notably as Daphne Warrender in the BBC sitcom Just Good Friends.

Sylvia Kay
Sylvia Margaret Kay

(1936-05-16)16 May 1936
Died18 January 2019(2019-01-18) (aged 82)
London, England
Years active1957–1997
(m. after 1962, divorced)
(m. 1987; div. 2008)

Early lifeEdit

She attended Roundhay High School for Girls in Leeds.


She also appeared in films such as That Kind of Girl (1963), Rapture (1965), Wake in Fright (1971, directed by her then-husband Ted Kotcheff) and Coming Out of the Ice (1982), and the television dramas The Avengers (1968)Dalziel and Pascoe, Shelley, Z-Cars, Dead of Night, Minder, Jeeves and Wooster, Just Good Friends, The Professionals and an episode of Public Eye (1968). As landlady Dorothy Lawson, she appeared in 29 episodes of the first series of Rooms (1974-77).

Personal lifeEdit

She was twice married. In 1962 she married the Canadian director, Ted Kotcheff with whom she had three children, Aaron, Katrina and Joshua. After their divorce she married again in 1987 to the actor and writer, Christopher Douglas. The marriage ended in divorce in 2008.

In the 1990s, she resumed her psychology studies, qualified as a psychotherapist and practised in London and later in Herefordshire until 2017.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Kill Me Tomorrow Nurse
1963 That Kind of Girl Mrs. Millar
1965 Rapture Genevieve
1971 Wake in Fright Janette Hynes
1978 Too Many Chefs Reporter Uncredited


  1. ^ Hayward, Anthony (February 4, 2019). "Sylvia Kay obituary". Archived from the original on 2019-02-04. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Obituary: Sylvia Kay – Popular sitcom actor who showed early promise on stage The Stage. 26 February 2019

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