Stars of stage and screen have paid their respects to the actress and TV personality via Twitter, with her former co-star Simon Pegg among the first to post a tribute online, having worked with her on the comedy series ‘Faith In The Future’ in the 1990s.
Meanwhile Kate Thornton, Sarah Millican and Jenny Eclair - who all spent time on the ‘Loose Women’ panel with Lynda - are among the other devastated celebrities to have publicly paid tribute to Lynda, who had been battling terminal cancer before her death on Sunday night.
Lynda Bellingham, a gorgeous, brassy, funny, generous, talented human being. My first TV mother figure and and a treasured friend.— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) October 20, 2014
So sad to hear Lynda Bellingham has died. What a great woman. Smart and spirited.— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) October 20, 2014ADVERTISEMENT
Lovely Lynda Bellingham - how terribly sad -— Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) October 20, 2014
Heartbroken. Last night we lost a great friend and wondrous warrior. Sleep tight @LyndaBellingham. Will miss you madly x— kate thornton (@k8_thornton) October 20, 2014
RIP Gorgeous Lynda Bellingham xx 😢— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) October 20, 2014
So devastated to hear the news about the beautiful Lynda Bellingham. http://t.co/U7Q5emNXww— OfficialAmandaHolden (@Amanda_Holden) October 20, 2014
So so sad to hear that the gorgeous Lynda Bellingham has passed away. She was just wonderful to be around- and will be sorely missed.— Ben Shephard (@benshephard) October 20, 2014
RIP Lynda Bellingham. Lucky to have met such a brave ,courageous gorgeous woman, with a great sense of humour. Very sad news 😥 #inspiration— Rochelle Humes (@RochelleTheSats) October 20, 2014
Really sorry to hear Lynda Bellingham has died. What a brave and courageous woman she was, with a hilarious sense of humour. #inspiration— michelle keegan (@michkeegan) October 20, 2014
Just woke up to hear the devastating news that Lynda Bellingham has lost her fight against cancer
My thoughts go out to her familyOctober 20, 2014
Nadia Sawalha, a current 'Loose Women' panelist, appeared on 'Lorraine' on Monday, where she admitted she was “heartbroken” about Lynda’s death, especially as she had been determined to spend one last Christmas with her family.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on Monday morning, Nadia said: “Anyone that knew Lynda and knew her well, she was this absolute live-wire, she would come into a room and light the place up. Everybody loved her.
“She got me my first job on the Oxo ads, actually, I played her son’s girlfriend.
“She loved it, she had none of that pretence. She’d go, ‘Darling, the adoration, I adore it! The audience!’ That was her, she had no shame in that. She was a brilliant actress.”
Lynda’s agent confirmed the sad news of her death on Monday, saying: “Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday at a London hospital.
“Actor, writer and presenter - to the end Lynda was a consummate professional.”