Gretchen Franklin

Gretchen Franklin
Born in Covent Garden, West London in 1911, Gretchen Franklin was an English actress and dancer whose showbusiness career spanned over 70 years. She was best known for her role as Ethel Skinner in the long-running BBC 1 soap opera EastEnders. She appeared in the very first episode in 1985 and was a regular in the series until 1988. After this she returned to the show intermittently until 2000 when her character was killed off, allowing Franklin to retire from acting at the age of 89. Born into a theatrical family (her father had a song and dance act, her grandfather was a famous music hall entertainer at the turn of the century and her cousin was Dad's Army star Clive Dunn) Gretchen Franklin made her theatre debut as a teenage chorus girl. She toured with comedians such as Gracie Fields before making the switch to serious acting. Her film appearances included Cloak Without Dagger (1956), Flame in the Streets (1961), The Murder Game (1965), Help! (1965), How I Won The War (1967), Twisted Nerve (1968), The Night Visitor (1971), The Three Musketeers (1973), Quincy's Quest (1979), and Ragtime (1981), among others. She is namechecked in The Fall's 1990 song Telephone Thing.
Name Gretchen Franklin
Also Known As
Birthday 1911-07-07
Deathday 2005-07-11
Gender Female
IMDB Gretchen Franklin profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Covent Garden, London, England, UK
As: Elsie
1956-01-01
Shadow of Fear...
As: Mrs. Higginbottom
1961-01-01
Ticket to Paradise...
As: Clarkie
1969-02-26
Twisted Nerve...
As: D'Artagnan's Mother
1973-12-11
The Three Musketeers...
As: Mrs. Bingham
1961-06-19
Flame in the Streets...
As: Mrs. Hansen
1971-02-10
The Night Visitor...
As: Mrs. Webb
1956-12-09
High Terrace...
As: Woman on Train
1984-11-01
Return to Waterloo...
As: Bus Conductress
1968-12-12
Subterfuge...
As: 2nd Old Lady
1967-10-23
How I Won the War...
As: Nieghbour (uncredite
1965-08-25
Help!...
As: Unknown
1985-02-19
EastEnders...
As: Unknown
1965-03-18
Gideon's Way...
As: Unknown
1962-01-02
Z-Cars...
As: Unknown
1972-09-29
The Protectors...
As: Unknown
1955-07-09
Dixon of Dock Green...
As: Auntie Lil
1975-08-27
I Didn't Know You Ca...
As: Unknown
1973-08-14
Black and Blue...
As: Unknown
1990-10-29
Keeping Up Appearanc...
As: Cordelia
1983-06-15
Blackadder...
As: Unknown
1959-09-28
The Artful Dodger...
As: Unknown
1971-04-09
Budgie...
As: Unknown
1973-02-15
Some Mothers Do 'Ave...
As: Unknown
1978-01-16
Hazell...
As: Unknown
1982-02-15
Dead Ernest...
As: Unknown
1965-09-08
A Slight Case Of......
As: Unknown
1977-03-27
Nicholas Nickleby...
As: Unknown
1973-07-29
Bowler...
As: Unknown
1969-03-31
Castle Haven...
As: Ethel Skinner
1985-02-19
EastEnders...