Barbara Young (actress)

Barbara Young
Born (1936-02-09) 9 February 1936
Brighouse, England

Barbara Young (born 9 February 1936 in Brighouse, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English actress. She is known for her role as the future Emperor Nero's mother, Agrippina, in the landmark 1976 BBC serial I, Claudius.[1] She also played the character Dot Wilmington in the TV series Hazell and appeared in On Giant's Shoulders for the BBC in 1979.

She played the long-running role of gossipy yet lovable Sadie Hargreaves Lloyd in soap opera Family Affairs. Sadie, a former theatre actress turned barmaid, was a key figure in the show from 1998 until 2005, making her one of the show's longest serving characters.

Young previously acted in soap opera Coronation Street in the early 1980s. In February 2007, she rejoined the cast of Coronation Street, an old friend of Rita Sullivan called Doreen Fenwick until December that year.

She appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders, the 1997 pilot episode The Killing at Badger's Drift and the 2006 episode Last Year's Model.

In 2008, she made a guest appearance in an episode of the long-running BBC comedy series Last of the Summer Wine "Get Out Of That, Then" as Nora Batty's sister Florrie. Following the departure of Kathy Staff from the series in 2008, she joined the regular cast as Nora's other sister, Stella.

She appeared in Hollyoaks playing as Mags (Nan to Scott Sabeka) from 10 April - 13 April 2012.

She is the mother of actress Liza Pulman.


  1. "Claudius Takes a New Wife", The Age, 16 May 1978, p. 4, retrieved 2011-07-11

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