Britain's Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne 'dies aged 95'

Britain's Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne 'dies aged 95'

Britain’s Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne ‘dies aged 95’ – four years after appearing on ITV show

  • The performer passed away on Thursday, however the reason is unknown
  • The reverend of her local church paid tribute to Audrey in a Facebook post, praising her as a ‘remarkable person’ 
  • In the 2018 series of the ITV talent show, Audrey impressed judges and the crowd alike when she sung I Wanna Be Loved By You at the age of 90 
  • She also had appearances on TV programmes Stella and Doctors

Former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Audrey Leybourne has died aged 95.

In a Facebook statement posted by the vicar of her local church on Friday, it was revealed that the performer, who also had appearances on TV programmes Stella and Doctors, passed away on Thursday – however the reason is unknown.

Paying tribute to Audrey, the reverend praised her as a ‘remarkable person’ before sharing Audrey’s last message to her fellow parishioners. 

Tragic: Britain’s Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne has died aged 95 – four years after appearing on the ITV show (pictured in 2018)

Alongside a beaming snap of Audrey, Rev Simon Grigg penned: ‘It is with deep sadness that we report the death of our much loved friend Audrey Leybourne, who died early on Thursday morning.

‘She was a remarkable person, a real ‘trouper’ of an actress (starting her career with Sir Donald Wolfit, no less) and a much loved member of St. Paul’s.

‘She has a last message for you all. When she was in hospital two weeks ago, she said to me, “If I pop off, tell everyone I don’t regret a thing. I’ve had a wonderful life”.’

He concluded: ‘Quite a statement. Quite a lady. Quite a Christian.

Tragic: In a Facebook statement posted by the vicar of her local church on Friday, it was revealed that the performer, who also had appearances on TV programmes Stella and Doctors, passed away on Thursday – however the reason is unknown

‘We will, of course, let everyone know when we have details of her funeral. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.’

In the 2018 series of the ITV talent show, Audrey impressed judges and the crowd alike when she sung I Wanna Be Loved By You at the age of 90.

When Amanda Holden asked whether she was married, Audrey hilariously responded, ‘No, I was in love many, many times… 22 gentlemen,’ which led to her being called a ‘minx’.

Tribute: Paying tribute to Audrey, the reverend praised her as a ‘remarkable person’ before sharing Audrey’s last message to her fellow parishioners

Audrey previously enjoyed success as a member of the dance group The Roly Polys, who made many appearances on Les Dawson’s BBC show in the 1980s.

Following her stint on Britain’s Got Talent, she appeared in a York pantomime and  had a two-episode appearance on Carters Get Rich.

She played Potty T Potts in Beauty And The Beast in her first panto performance when she was 90 years old.

Talented: In the 2018 series of the ITV talent show, Audrey impressed judges and the crowd alike when she sung I Wanna Be Loved By You at the age of 90

MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment. 

It follows reports that judge David Walliams, 51, has quit the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series, after 10 years on the judging panel.

Weeks earlier, he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ and making vile sexual remarks about a woman taking part.

It’s thought that show bosses are already lining up a replacement before filming commences next year.

Career: Following her stint on Britain’s Got Talent, she appeared in a York pantomime and had a two-episode appearance on Carters Get Rich 

A source told The Sun: ‘He hasn’t taken the decision lightly, but it just feels like time to move on.’

‘David has decided to bow out after a ten-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time.

‘His team have quietly been having conversations over the past few days where it has been made clear that David is readying himself to step down – and then producers will start to think about who might replace him.’ 

David’s co-stars, Simon, Amanda and Alesha are in negotiations for their 2023 contracts. None of them have signed a deal yet. 

A BGT source told MailOnline: ‘It’s still very much up in the air at the moment on whether David is going to take part in next year’s show. No decision, though, has been made as yet.’

A spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent said: ‘The judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course.’

Scandal: It follows reports that judge David Walliams has quit the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series, weeks after he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ (pictured in January 2022)

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