24 December 2020 08:31
Tributes are being paid to "powerhouse" actress Eileen Pollock, who was best known for playing Lilo Lill in 1980s sitcom Bread, following her death at the age of 73. Her agents ANA Actors confirmed the news, saying the actress died peacefully in her sleep at home in London on Saturday. Born in Belfast, Pollock was a star of stage and screen who appeared in films including Far And Away in 1992, alongside Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and Angela's Ashes in 1999. Having been part of ANA for many years, she was deeply involved in our community, helping to spot new talent and always stopping by Lambeth Walk for a chat and a cup fo tea (usually with a generous load of sweet treats for everyone!) pic.twitter.com/Z1uGkvqW3L — ANA (@anaactors) December 21, 2020 But she was best known for playing "tart" Lilo Lill, mistress of Freddie Boswell, in Bread, the TV comedy that centred around the working class Boswell family in Liverpool, which ran from 1986 to 1991. Paying tribute on Twitter and sharing photos of the actress, who was known as Polly to her friends, ANA described Pollock as "a hugely loved and well known talent of stage and screen both here and in Ireland".
She was an actress who had worked with some of the biggest names in film, such as Ron Howard and Mike Leigh, they said, but who would "most famously be remembered for making us all chuckle as series regular Lilo Lill in Bread". The agency's tribute continued by saying the actress had been "deeply involved in our community, helping to spot new talent" and was always stopping by their office in Lambeth Walk "for a chat and a cup of tea". Eileen Pollock, the actor best known for playing Lilo Lill in the Eighties sitcom Bread, has died at the age of 73. "Your beauty, laughter and loving eyes gave joy to all," her family said. The Belfast star played the mistress of Freddie Boswell (Ronald Forfar) in the hit comedy about a large Liverpudlian family, from 1986 to 1991.
The Northern Irish star played the mistress of Freddie Boswell (Ronald Forfar) in the comedy series about a Liverpudlian family, which aired from 1986 to 1991. Oother notable roles include Angela's Ashes, Four Days in July and the Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman film Far and Away. Pollock convinced the producers of Bread during auditions that her character should be Irish, rather than Liverpudlian as they had originally intended. "People will always remember me as Lilo Lill and it's wonderful. Pollock's co-star in the play Women on the Verge of HRT, Dan Gordon, said of the actress: At the end of such a hard year, we regret to announce another sad loss to our ANA family - the wonderful Eileen Pollock - or Polly to her friends pic.twitter.com/ExzE5fLyUZ — ANA (@anaactors) December 21, 2020