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Subject: Hi-De-Hi!'s Yvonne dies aged 78

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/17/09 at 7:26 am

Comic actress Diane Holland, who played condescending dance instructor Yvonne Stewart-Hargreaves in holiday camp sitcom Hi-De-Hi! has died aged 78.

The star had a long career on stage and screen, with roles in Crossroads, Casualty and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

She had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia and died on 24 January.

"She had a very dry sense of humour, extremely kind hearted," said her agent, Bo Keller, adding: "I miss her very much".

Holland's character in Hi-De-Hi! was a former ballroom dancing champion, horrified at having been reduced to working in a Butlins-style holiday camp.

Along with her screen husband, Barry, she fought to preserve her dignity against the backdrop of donkey races and drab living quarters.

A typical episode saw the pair forced to put on a children's show, grimacing through a play about "drinking a glass of sunshine" while dressed as a pixie and a fairy.

Although they were largely incidental characters in the series, Yvonne's snooty asides - "Barry, don't be so common" - were often a highlight of the show.

However, the actress said she was "not at all" like her character. "I would hate people to think that," she said.

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