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Actress Liz Smith dies at 95

THE Royle Family star Liz Smith has died aged 95, her family have confirmed.

Smith also starred in BBC hit the Vicar of Dibley, but was most famous for her role as Nana in cult comedy The Royle Family – for which she was handed a BAFTA.

She passed away on Christmas Eve.

A statement from a family spokeswoman said: “The BAFTA award-winning actress Liz Smith has died, on Christmas Eve, at the age of 95, her family has announced.”

She began her acting career in 1970, appearing in shows like Emmerdale and Last of the Summer Wine.

Scunthorpe-born Smith was handed an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list.