Heather Pritchard

Heather passed away on Monday 28th September 2015. Mum to Ruth Archer, Heather was warm and good-hearted.

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Lived in:
Prudhoe, Northumberland

Heather's steady reliability with her grandchildren and at the Brookfield Aga ensured that her rare visits to the farm were hugely appreciated by Ruth and David.

She was Ruth's anchor in times of trouble. She guided her daughter with patience and sensitivity through her struggle with breast cancer and generally provided a backdrop of calm to which Ruth felt she could always retreat in a crisis.

But as Heather became more frail following a fall, Ruth was the one who had to start offering support, which meant long journeys up north.

As Heather recovered from a stroke, she was set to move in with David and Ruth at Brookfield, but passed away in the car during the journey.

Sit yourself down, pet. I'll get the tea on.
Heather Pritchard
  • Liked - Cruises, making marmalade
  • Disliked - Not being busy
  • Highs - Finding occasional companionship with the very eligible Professor Jim Lloyd, finding a shared love of music with Phil Archer.
  • Lows - The sudden loss of her husband Solly in 2002, on the brink of their retirement.

Immediate family

Margaret Jackman

Margaret took over the role of Heather from Joyce Gibbs in 2014.

After a career in rep in the 1950s, Margaret returned to acting in the 1980s.

She is much in demand for older roles on television and has appeared in (among many others), Shameless, Heartbeat, The Royal, Doctors, The Village and Coronation St.

She writes about her working life in An Elderly Actor's Blog.