Janet Brown (born December 1922 in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire) is a Scottish actress, comedienne and impressionist who gained considerable fame in the 1970s and 1980s for her impersonation of Margaret Thatcher.Early in her performing career, she presented Picture Book on BBC Television in the 1950s. Beginning with Margaret Thatcher's election as the leader of the Conservative Party in 1975, Brown gained increasing prominence because of her realistic impression of the Tory politician. She performed as Thatcher on BBC TV's Mike Yarwood Show, on BBC Radio's The News Huddlines and on film in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. In 1979, Brown starred as Thatcher on the comedy album Iron Lady: The Coming Of The Leader written by Private Eye satirist John Wells and produced by Secret Policeman's Ball series co-creator/producer Martin Lewis and Not the Nine O'Clock News series co-creator/producer John Lloyd.
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Brown, familiar to millions of TV viewers for her impressions of Margaret Thatcher on the Mike Yarwood Show, has died aged 87.