She is described by her friends and fans as “an absolute national treasure. Gemma McAvoy, who is her agent, has said that the Swansea-born star died in the early hours of this morning in a hospital in the city after she had been suffering an illness for a short time.
”Her career spanned 60 years and she did everything from film to television, radio and some amazing theatre roles.
“She used to say how she started playing lots of tragic roles and it was only later people recognized her great sense of humor.
”She had the most infectious love of life and an incredible sense of humor, and that is why people felt so warmly towards her.
”She felt like a friend to us all and not just a colleague and she will be sadly missed.”
John, a widow, who never had children, did indeed have a lengthy career which included appearances in the long-running Welsh series High Hopes.
Her Gavin and Stacey co-star James Corden paid tribute to her on Twitter, writing:
”All my thoughts are with the family of Margaret John who played Doris in G and S. A great actress and an incredible lady. She will be missed x.”