Sherlock star Una Stubbs leaves behind £1.3m fortune following death after health battle

Actress Una Stubbs, of Sherlock fame, dies at the age of 84

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Much-loved actress Una Stubbs left behind a 50-year legacy in showbiz. Public documents have also revealed that an estate of £1.3m remains after the late star’s death.

The mother-of-three died at her Edinburgh home after a long illness, causing an outpouring of messages from those who loved her and worked with her to express their grievance over the tremendous loss. 

Public documents have revealed that the administration of her estate was granted by the High Court of Justice on October 22 to the administrator – her son Joe Henson.

The gross value of the estate amounted to £1,327,930 with a net value of £1,281,465.

The “Ad Colligenda Bona grant” was only in relation to “collecting, getting in and receiving the estate” ahead of the sale of her property in London.

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Una was married to The Onedin Line actor Peter Gilmore from 1958 to 1969 and then to Fawlty Towers star Nicky Henson between 1969 and 1975. 

With Peter, Una adopted her eldest son Jason, and then went on to have two more sons with Nicky. 

Una’s younger sons Joe and Christian are now both working as composers. 

In a touching tribute to their mum, Christian Henson wrote: “Some of you may have known her as Rita, as Sally as Bat or Hudson but to my two brothers and I she was known as Mum.

“Thanks for everything Mum RIP.”

The family also released a statement from all of them, which said: “Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh. 

“We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times.”

Una first rose to fame starring alongside Sir Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday in 1963, and has since gone on to act in some iconic roles, including Mrs Hudson in the BBC’s Sherlock.

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The Hertfordshire-born actress also starred in Worzel Gummidge, Give Us A Clue, The Worst Witch, EastEnders and Murder on the Blackpool Express.

Shortly after she died, her former co-star Sir Cliff described her as a “wonderful” actress. 

He said: “She was the most exciting person to be with.

“She was funny. She could really do just about anything – act, dance, she could even sing.

“I personally will miss her greatly and I know that our industry on the whole will also miss her greatly.

“Her talent, her joy, everything that she was will remain with us though. 

“While we remember her, she will still be with us.”

Sherlock creator Steven Moffat also paid homage to the actress, adding that “the loveliest light on Baker Street has gone out.” 


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