When it comes to Sherlock Holmes’ landlady Mrs. Hudson, the first person that springs to mind is Una Stubbs.
Stubbs, born on 1 May 1937 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, took the role of Mrs. Hudson and made it her own. The interpretation Stubbs applied to the role was based on the contemporary world. It was not entirely based on the source material.
Previous interpretations of Mrs. Hudson relied solely on the texts Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned. The interpretation Stubbs applies to the character reflects the fact “Sherlock” is a contemporary production.
In addition to being an accomplished actress, Stubbs’ career has included being a television personality, a dancer, and a thespian.
Even though many people will point to “Sherlock” for their point of acknowledgement regarding the actress’ talent, it would be remiss of me to not mention the 1963 Peter Yates directed musical “Summer Holiday.”
The premise for “Summer Holiday,” starring Cliff Richard, Stubbs, Lauri Peters, and Melvyn Hayes, revolves around four London Bus mechanics. The mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport to take a London double decker bus on a journey around Europe as a mobile hotel.
While in France, the mechanics stop to assist three ladies whose car had broken down and offers to take them to their next singing job in Athens. Stubbs played one of the trio. When the film ends, all eight people are at a Grecian beach and very much enjoying their well-deserved holiday!
Further to the actress’ television career, Stubbs played playing Rita Rawlins in the situation comedies “Till Death Us Do Part” and “In Sickness and in Health.”
“Till Death Us Do Part,” a popular British BBC situation comedy, ran from 1965 to 1975. The significance of this production cannot be understated. The CBS comedy “All in the Family” was based on “Till Death Us Do Part.”
Running for nine seasons, “All in the Family” ran from Jan. 1971 to April 1979. When the series came to an end in 1979, the show “Archie Bunker’s Place” picked up where “All in the Family” left off. “Archie Bunker’s Place” ran for four seasons.
In the same way “Archie Bunker’s Place” was a continuance of “All in the Family,” the situation comedy “In Sickness and in Health” was a continuation of “Till Death Us Do Part.”
“In Sickness and in Health,” featuring many of the characters seen in “Till Death Us Do Part,” ran from 1985 to 1992.
In respect to productions specifically crafted for children, Stubbs played Aunt Sally in the CBBC series “Worzel Gummidge.” It was a wonderfully crafted production.
Like many British actresses before her, Stubbs took to the stage like a fish to water. She is a well-accomplished thespian.
In 2001, Stubbs appeared on the West End stage in Noël Coward’s “Star Quality” with Penelope Keith. Four years later, the thespian appeared in Friedrich Schiller’s “Don Carlos” with Derek Jacobi.
In 2012, Stubbs was in the original cast of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the National Theatre.
Everything Stubbs has worked on has seen much success. There is little doubt the actress will continue to see the same level of success her career has seen thus far.