Jonathan Ross pays emotional tribute to his 'loving, glamorous and vivacious' mum Martha as she dies aged 79

Jonathan Ross pays emotional tribute to his 'loving, glamorous and vivacious' mum Martha as she dies aged 79

The 58-year-old chat show host said: "Today, my Family and I will gather to say goodbye to our Mum, Grandma, Great-Grandma. Martha.

"A wonderful, loving, glamorous, thoughtful, vivacious woman… Always smiling. Always happy. Always putting us first."

Jonathan added: "We were so lucky. We love you Mum x."

For many years, Martha appeared in EastEnders, where she played a stallholder in Bridge Street Market.

Alfie Moon actor Shane Richie, who worked alongside her, tweeted today: "What a lady, what a b****y great lady."


He added: "I remember how nervous I was on my very 1st day on Albert sq back in 2002 and she just held my hand. She had a heart bigger than any fictional market…thank you Martha ❤️."

The actress lost her role on EastEnders after revealing a top-secret Christmas storyline to her son Paul, who spoke about it on his radio show.

An EastEnders spokesperson said at the time: "Martha was in breach of her contract. Following what was said on Paul Ross' broadcast, she was asked not to return to filming."

Martha also appeared in Grange Hill, The Sean Hughes Show, and Barrymore, and wrote a weekly agony aunt column for Real People magazine.

She also poked fun at herself in an advert for homewares store TJ Hughes, where she said: "I'm Jonathan Ross' mum Martha.

"TJ Hughes don't spend money on top-name celebs, they'd rather give you low prices like these."

One follower tweeted Jonathan this morning, writing: "I know how proud she was of you and paul. Im sorry for your loss love to all the family xxx."

The star swiftly put them right, replying: "Thanks. Although she would have corrected you by saying “I’m proud of ALL my children.”


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