Carol Lee Scott, the actor best known for playing Grotbags the witch, has died aged 74.
The children’s entertainer starred in shows throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, including ITV hit Rod Hull’s Emu’s World.
Her family confirmed the news on social media, with niece Gina Mear writing on Facebook: “My dear aunty Carol lost her brave fight against cancer yesterday. To many of you she was Grotbags – a legend! To me she was just aunty Carol. I shall miss her hugely, rest in peace Carol xxx”
— Gina Mear (@ggeenie) July 5, 2017
Tributes soon poured in, with comedian Rufus Hound describing the actor as “an icon for folk of my generation”.
Very sorry for your loss. An icon for folk of my generation. Thank you for her.
— Rufus Hound ? (@RufusHound) July 5, 2017
Somerset-born Lee Scott began her career with cabaret performances in the clubs of northern England, before working as a London pub singer and a Pontins Blue Coat.
After 19 years in the holiday park she joined Rud Hull in a series of TV shows, with the Grotbags character making her debut in the 1980s before enjoying her own series 1991-3.
Fans shared their weird and wonderful memories of Grotbags on Twitter, with many repeating Rod Hull’s catchphrase: “There’s somebody at the door”, a signal the witch was about to enter.
Thanks for the great memories! "There's somebody at the door" #Grotbags
— Mr Jackson (@IT_Geek2010) July 5, 2017
— Nolene Dougan (@NoleneDougan) July 6, 2017
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) July 6, 2017
the 'G' in LGBT stands for GROTBAGS … pic.twitter.com/1lFKPD28p0
— Mikey Walsh (@thatbloodyMikey) July 5, 2017
— Frazer Brown®?? (@FrazerBrown) July 6, 2017
— Chris R. Wright (@chrisrwright) July 5, 2017