STV pays tribute as Take the High Road’s Mrs Mack dies aged 84

The much-loved actress passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday.

STV pays tribute as Take the High Road’s Mrs Mack dies aged 84 STV News

Scottish actress Gwyneth Guthrie has died at the age of 84.

The Ayrshire-born star, who played Mrs Mack in Take the High Road, passed away on Tuesday, her family said.

A statement from Ms Guthrie’s family read: “It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our amazing mum, Gwyneth Guthrie.

“She passed peacefully on Tuesday, November 9, at home and surrounded by her loving family.

“She will be playing to her next audience in heaven.”

Take the High Road: Gwyneth Guthrie as the iconic Mrs Mack.STV News

Take The High Road was set in the fictional village of Glendarroch but filmed in Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Bobby Hain, managing director of broadcast at STV, paid tribute to Ms Guthrie.

He said: “We at STV are so saddened to hear the news about Gwyneth Guthrie.

“For 20 years, Gwyneth played the iconic character of Mrs Mack in Take the High Road, bringing her own wonderful comic timing and dramatic flair which made her beloved across the UK.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this sad time.”

Star: Ms Guthrie in a photograph at the age of 21.Email

Ms Guthrie was born in Ayr in 1937.

She was educated at Ayr Academy, Ayr Grammar School and St Bride’s Helensburgh before going to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, gaining her Silver Medal there.

Married to John Borland, they lived in a farmhouse near Kilmarnock and had three daughters – Karen, Debbie and Olwen.

As well as playing the role of Mrs Mack, Ms Guthrie also played her sister, Florence, in the show.