Actress Mona Hammond has died aged 91. Born in Jamaica, she immigrated to the UK in pursuit of a theatre career. She paved the way for subsequent black actors in British theatre through both her esteemed career and her co-founding of the Talawa Theatre Company. Her best-known role however was on the telly as no-nonsense Jacksons matriarch Blossom in EastEnders. Introduced in 1994, Blossom was a constant at Walford for several years before Hammond left the show, citing a stressful workload. Blossom briefly returned to Walford in 2010 to attend the funeral of great-grandson Billie. In recent years she’s been one of the Jeopardy! hosts. Wait, no, that’s a different Blossom entirely. Mona Hammond was picked by Roasting Bodies In Redcar and three theme teams.
1 January 1931 – 4 July 2022, aged 90
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