Watch Lynda Bellingham's last Loose Women appearance

Video: On Wednesday, Loose Women aired the final interview with the late actress Lynda Bellingham

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In her last television interview with her fellow Loose Women, Lynda Bellingham told an emotional panel and audience not to cry as she told of her excitement about filming a new TV series in November.

Lynda Bellingham passed away on Sunday at the age of 66, having enjoyed a lengthy career making her one of the most memorable faces on TV.

The Loose Women presenter died "in her husband's arms", according to her agent Sue Latimer.

Bellingham revealed last month that she planned to end her chemotherapy for colon cancer, which she has been battling since July 2013.

She was expecting to live until January 2015, and had planned to spend one last Christmas with her family.

Bellingham spoke to Loose Women on 8 October but the episode was not aired until today, Wednesday 22 October.

She was meant to star in Kay Mellor's A Passionate Woman last year but had to cancel due to her illness. Bellingham told Loose Women that Mellor had written a part for her in her latest series of The Syndicate and she showed great excitement about starting to film in November in Scarborough.

She also spoke of her desire to spend one final Christmas with her family, with a "real tree" and "pudding and presents" at home.

Video: Bellingham on how she wants to be remembered

Asked on the subject of being obsessed by Christmas by her co-presenters Janet Street Porter and Coleen Nolan, she said: "Bloody right I am! I am. I AM."

On what she had planned for 25 December, she said:

"Well I've succumbed to not cooking [Christmas dinner]."

Video: Bellingham on hoping to make it to Christmas

She also told the show, regarding coming to terms with her illness and her eventual death, "You do feel alone and it is very hard to take on board. It's taken us a year to absorb it. But once you do, instead of worrying about dying, you must enjoy the bits in between.

The much-loved actress, whose career spanned over five decades, is perhaps best known for playing the mother in the Oxo cube adverts, which she starred in from 1983 to 1999.

Since her death, a Facebook campaign to reinstate her famed OXO advert in time for Christmas so that even after her passing, she could still spend one final festive season with the nation on television.

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