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Meg Johnson

Margaret “Meg” Johnson (30 September 1936 – 1 July 2023) was an English actress. Throughout a career spanning almost six decades, she became known for her roles on British television soap operas, including Eunice Gee in Coronation StreetBrigid McKenna in Brookside and Pearl Ladderbanks in Emmerdale. Alongside her television roles, Johnson also appeared in musical theatre productions, including Chicago and Follies.


Johnson’s first professional acting role occurred in 1961 in a television series titled Family Solicitor. Subsequent roles included The Referees (1961) and Here’s Harry (1961–1964).[2] Johnson first appeared in a few guest episodes of the ITV television soap opera Coronation Street in 1976 as Brenda Holden, before being cast as Eunice Gee in 1981, a role she would play with recurring appearances until 1999.[1]

In the 1980s, Johnson worked with Victoria Wood, appearing in several episodes of her shows Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, as well as Victoria Wood Presents.[3] In 1997, Johnson appeared in the West End theatre revival of Chicago as Mama Morton.[4] She also appeared in theatre productions of Follies and Gypsy.[1]

From 2000 to 2003, Johnson appeared in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside as Brigid McKenna.[5][6] Later in 2003, Johnson was cast as Pearl Ladderbanks in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, a role she portrayed until March 2020.[7]

Personal life

Johnson was married to English actor and ITV Granada television presenter Charles Foster from 1981 until his death in February 2023.[8][9]

Johnson died on 1 July 2023, at the age of 86.[10][11][12] In a statement Johnson’s family said she “had dementia for the last few years, but battled on personally and professionally regardless”.[13][14] Emmerdale paid tribute to her on their social media accounts, describing Johnson as “a kind and wonderful lady, full of warmth and always with a twinkle in her eye” adding that she would be “greatly missed by everyone who knew her.”[15]


Meg Johnson filmography[5][16]
Year Title Role Notes
1961 The Referees Waitress Television film
1961 Family Solicitor Mary Carslake 3 episodes
1961–1964 Here’s Harry Unknown 5 episodes
1964 Comedy Playhouse Office girl Episode: “The Mascot”
1972 Country Matters Barmaid Episode: “Crippled Bloom”
1972 Coronation Street Tipsy woman 2 episodes
1973 Nearest and Dearest Miss Pringle Episode: “Get Out of That”
1974 How’s Your Father? Alice Henthorn Episode: “Who Was That Lady?”
1975 The Life of Riley Betty Butcher Episode: “Uneasy Riders”
1975 Play for Today Vera Episode: “Wednesday Love”
1976 Crown Court Tricia Dibden 2 episodes
1976 Coronation Street Brenda Holden 4 episodes
1976–1977 Yanks Go Home Phoebe Sankey Lead role
1979 Two Up, Two Down Woman in precinct Episode: “What’s Yours Is Mine”
1979 Mother Nature’s Bloomers Various 6 episodes
1978–1979 Empire Road Mrs. Ridley 4 episodes
1978 Strangers Barmaid Episode: “Paying Guests”
1980 Watch All Night Dianne Eveling Episode: “Night People”
1980 Strangers Woman in suburbs Episode: “Armed and Dangerous”
1980–1981 The Good Companions Effie 2 episodes
1981 The Olympian Way Violet 2 episodes
1981–1982, 1999 Coronation Street Eunice Gee Series regular
1985–1987 Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV Various 4 episodes
1986 The Practice Mary O’Dowd 2 episodes
1989 Split Ends Mrs. Emery Episode: “Tangles”
1989 Victoria Wood Saundra/Connie 2 episodes
1993 Taggart Mrs. Jeffrey Episode: “Fatal Inheritance”
1993 Lovejoy Maureen Episode: “Ducking and Diving”
1993 Chris Cross Nurse Garbo Episode: “It’s a Jungle in There”
1998–1999 The Wild House Aunt Yvette Series regular
1999 Rab C. Nesbitt Speaker of the House Episode: “Commons”
2000 Peak Practice Freda Norton Episode: “Turning Tides”
2000 The Thing About Vince… Sylvia 1 episode
2000–2003 Brookside Brigid McKenna Series regular
2003–2020 Emmerdale Pearl Ladderbanks Series regular
2011 Emmerdale: Paddy and Marlon’s Big Night In Pearl Ladderbanks Spin-off


  1. Jump up to:a b c d “Five Fast Facts About British Soap Star Meg Johnson”SoapHub. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  2. ^ “Meg Johnson at British Comedy Guide”British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  3. ^ “Meg Johnson”.
  4. ^ “Emmerdale star dies following private dementia battle | Halifax Courier”.
  5. Jump up to:a b “Meg Johnson”British Film Institute. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  6. ^ McLoughlin, Bill (2 July 2023). “Meg Johnson dead: Emmerdale star dies aged 86 following dementia battle”Evening Standard.
  7. ^ Fear, Helen (15 January 2020). “Emmerdale fans delighted to see village regular return after months missing on screen”Entertainment Daily. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  8. ^ Kathryn Ingate (27 February 2023). “Charles Foster dies as tributes pour in for Corrie and Emmerdale star-turned-ITV announcer”Express.
  9. ^ “Tributes paid following the death of ITV Granada continuity announcer Charles Foster”ITV. 25 February 2023. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  10. ^ “Emmerdale and Coronation Street actress Meg Johnson dies”BBC News. 2 July 2023. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
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  12. ^ “Emmerdale and Coronation Street star Meg Johnson dies aged 86 ‘surrounded by her family'”Metro. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  13. ^ “Meg Johnson: ‘Kind and wonderful’ Emmerdale actress dies”Sky News. 2 July 2023. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  14. ^ “Soap opera stalwart Meg Johnson dies aged 86”The Independent. 2 July 2023.
  15. ^ “Emmerdale pays tribute to Meg Johnson after death”Digital Spy. 2 July 2023. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  16. ^ “Meg Johnson filmography”TV Guide. Retrieved 2 July 2023.

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