Pat Coombs

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Patricia Doreen "Pat" Coombs (27 August 1926 – 25 May 2002) was an English actress. Coombs was considered one of Britain's great character actresses, specialising in the portrayal of the eternal downtrodden female — comically under the thumb of stronger personalities. She was known for many roles on radio, film and television sitcoms. She died aged 75 from complications arising from emphysema at Denville Hall actors' home, Northwood. Born in Camberwell, South London, Coombs was one of three children; her father worked in insurance for the Employers' Liability, the forerunner of Commercial Union. Coombs attended the County School for Girls in Beckenham, Kent. After leaving school she began her working life as a student kindergarten teacher before her keenness for acting prompted her to take drama lessons during the Second World War with her friend and neighbour Vivien Merchant. At the age of 19, she won a scholarship to train as an actress at Lamda, where she subsequently taught dialect to students.
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