Shirley Stelfox is an English actress, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is best known as Edna Birch in British soap opera Emmerdale. She is also known for playing the first "Rose" in Keeping Up Appearances. She was later replaced by the late Mary Millar. She has appeared in several other well known television series including Making Out, Juliet Bravo, Coronation Street, The Bill, and Crossroads.