26 October 2010 [1], After her stage debut in As You Like It, Helmond began working in New York City in 1955. July 1926 However, she returns to Walford in October 2010 with Alan, his wife and their son Kai, for Billie's funeral after he dies in his sleep while celebrating his 22nd birthday. The character originally appeared from 16 May 1994 to 29 May 1997. Blossom is great-grandmother to Billie Jackson and although she is not blood-related to the other Jackson children, Bianca , Robbie and Sonia, she loves them as if she were. Felix is a Jewish Holocaust survivor who was separated from his family as a child. Gender On screen, she comes to live with Alan and his common-law wife Carol at 25 Albert Square in 1994 after her flat in Wapping is burgled. Blossom was introduced in 1994 as the "no-nonsense" grandmother of Alan Jackson (Howard Antony). She later embarks on a more serious relationship with local barber Felix Kawalski. It's a phenomenal workload for someone of her age. [1] She made her television debut in 1962, but did not achieve a high profile until the 1970s. Blossom Jackson is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Originally from Tobago, she came to Britain as a young child and grew up in east London. At Billie's wake, Blossom realises that Carol's nephew Bradley Branning has not attended and is told that he died several months earlier. Jamaican-born actress of Chinese descent and co-founder of the Talawa Theatre Company. Actress Mona Hammond, who was in her late 60s at the time, opted to quit playing Blossom in 1997, reportedly because she was suffering from nervous exhaustion due to EastEnders's work schedule. She also appeared as a guest on several talk and variety shows. Date of Birth Alan Jackson He eventually tracks his sister down in Israel, and after making contact with her, he decides to live with her there. Former; regular [1], From 1995 to 1997, she starred in the ABC sitcom Coach as Doris Sherman, eccentric owner of the fictional Orlando Breakers professional football team. [8] An insider told the Daily Mirror, "Mona's been in almost every episode since she joined back in 1993. Great-grandsons In 1988 , when Shirley moved out of the family home in Nelson Street to live with Curly Watts at 15a Coronation Street , a worried Mrs Armitage turned up at the flat to inspect Shirley's new living conditions - and her boyfriend, whom Shirley had yet to introduce to her parents. Nathan Blossom is the grandmother of Alan Jackson (Howard Antony). Afterwards, she tries to convince Carol to go to the wake as she has rejected her entire family. Sir quentin saxby blake, cbe, fcsd, frsl, rdi (born 16 december 1932) is an english cartoonist, illustrator and children's writer. Last Appearance © BBC She mentions that her partner Felix had died in 2006. Katherine Marie Helmond (July 5, 1929 – February 23, 2019) was an American actress. On July 25, 2010, she guest-starred on A&E Network's The Glades and as Caroline Bellefleur on HBO's True Blood. Relationships [9], Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, "Katherine Helmond – Broadway Cast & Staff – IBDB", "Helmond, Lee and Mills Joins Vagina Monologues OB, May 15-June 24", "54th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners: OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - 2002", "The Victoria Advocate – Google News Archive Search", "Katherine Helmond Cleans Up on 'Soap' While Her Sculptor Husband Takes a Sabbatical", "Katherine Helmond, the Man-Crazy Mother on 'Who's the Boss?' Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi fame Mona Singh, who tied the knot last year, celebrated her first Karwa Chauth with hubby Shyam Gopal on Wednesday. Blossom is the grandmother of Alan Jackson. [8][2] Her death was announced a week later. Watch out for saber-toothed tigers. "[8] At the time, the actress was on a 3-month break, and although reports suggested Hammond agreed to return to the soap in the summer of 1997 for four weeks to allow Blossom to have an exit,[8] she did not return. Mona Hammond came to … EastEnders Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. [4] By February 2010, Alan and Carol have apparently split, with Carol and Billie moving to back to Walford and Alan to Forest Hill, leaving the whereabouts of Blossom unknown. Blossom Jackson is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Mona Hammond. However, she returns to Walford in October 2010 with Alan, his wife and their son Kai (Shay Spencer), for Billie's funeral after he dies in his sleep while celebrating his 22nd birthday.