|Portrayed by|| Margaret Tyzack (2011) |
Heather Chasen (2011)
Lydia arrives in Walford in search of her last living relatives, finding his granddaughter Janine and successfully persuading her to take care of her in her old age.
Janine soon finds out that Lydia is a retired businesswoman and a multi-millionairess and is excited at the prospect of inheriting her grandmother's fortune when she dies.
It later transpires that Janine and Lydia are very similar in temperament (both mean-spirited and manipulative) and Jannie actually enjoys spending with her ailing grandmother. The deal-breaker in their arrangement comes when Janine finds a copy of Lydia's will, which bequeaths everything to charity and nothing to Janine - despite her initial plan, Janine decides to continue caring for Lydia, regardless of the fact that she won't inherit anything.
In June 2011, Lydia's health deteriorates rapidly and she is clearly dying - she experiences hallucinations of her late daughter June, waking Janine up in the early hours of the morning. Soon after an uncharacteristically tender moment between the two, Lydia falls asleep and dies peacefully.
When Lydia's death reaches the Butchers, Pat suspects that Janine murdered Lydia to get a hold on the fortune, but the police naturally conclude that Lydia died from old age.
Following this, Janine is surprised to be visited by Lydia's lawyer saying that she issued a new will just before she died, leaving all her money, properties etc. to Janine.
The name of Lydia's late husband was never revealed in the show. Only mention of him was when Lydia said she was giving birth to June under the table during an air raid and after the birth, the midwife said "You have a lovely new baby girl Mrs Simmonds". This implies her husband was away at war.