Betty actress to play a gambling addict
Michele Dotrice, best known for playing disaster prone Frank Spencer’s unfortunate wife Betty in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave’ ’Em, is to appear in a new ITV crime drama.
The 70-year-old actress, who played Betty in 23 episodes of the phenomenally successful sitcom opposite Michael Crawford as Frank, will appear alongside Joanna Scanlan, Hugh Dennis, Carloine Catz and Freddie Fox in Invisible.
The crime mystery revolves around an unlikely duo – the ambitious DCI McDonald (Tala Gouveia) and the shy, modest DS Dodds (Jason Watkins) – who are thrown together when a body is found at an exclusive hospital.
Determined to crack the case, the cops investigate all the clinic’s patients including gambling addict Mary, played by Michele.
Other key characters include the facility’s CEO (played by Hugh Dennis), sex addict Alison (Caroline Catz), and drug addict Miles (Freddie Fox).
Created by Raymond Allen, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave’ ’Em ran for three series between 1973 and 1978, with Michael and Michele reprising their roles as Frank and Betty for a one-off Sport Relief sketch in 2016.
Michael famously performed his own stunts as Frank, including the legendary scene where he disastrously went rollerskating!
Talking about the stunts, Michele once told Lorraine: “I don’t know how we got away with it, and I did a fair few. She was up there on top of the Morris Minor.”
Many wondered how Betty could put up with Frank, but Michele has the answer: “She had to love him to put up with all of that.”
Of course, Michele has enjoyed numerous roles other than Betty. Indeed, she popped up in the Hugh Grant drama A Very English Scandal last year.
It’s not yet been revealed when Invisible, featuring Michele, will be screened on ITV.
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