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Actress Geraldine McEwan dies aged 82

2015-01-31 22:32:01

Geraldine McEwan
Geraldine McEwan died following a stroke, her family said

Actress Geraldine McEwan, known for playing Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple on ITV, has died aged 82, her family have said.

She died on 30 January following a stroke at the end of October, her family said.

The Bafta award winner had a long and successful career in theatre, television and films.

She appeared as Miss Marple from 2004 until 2009.

In 1991 she took the Bafta TV award for best actress for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.

Her son Greg and daughter Claudia said in a statement: "Following a stroke at the end of October and a period in hospital, Geraldine McEwan passed away peacefully on January 30.

"Her family would like to thank the staff at Charing Cross Hospital who cared for her incredibly well."

Miss Marple

Actors she worked with during her career included Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Williams.

She was born in Old Windsor, Berkshire, and married Hugh Cruttwell, a former principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1953. The couple had a son Greg and daughter Claudia, and she did not re-marry after Mr Cruttwell's death in 2002.

As well as starring as the spinster detective Miss Marple in 12 television episodes for ITV, she also appeared in box-office hits such as Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves in 1991, which saw her play evil witch Mortianna alongside Kevin Costner.

The actress, who was born Geraldine McKeown, also won awards for her theatre work, collecting two Evening Standard Best Actress Awards: in 1983 for The Rivals and in 1995 for The Way Of The World.

Geraldine McEwan
Geraldine McEwan played Marcella in Troy Kennedy Martin's thriller The Man Without Papers in 1965.

Geraldine McEwan
She also played Miss Rose Farnaby in the 1990s comedy series Mulberry

Geraldine McEwan
She will also be remembered for appearing alongside Leslie Phillips during a performance of For Better, For Worse at London's Comedy Theatre

McEwan was also well-known for her role as Emmeline "Lucia" Lucas in Mapp And Lucia, a television series based on three 1930s comedy of manners novels by EF Benson.

When she announced she was retiring from the role of Miss Marple in 2008, she said: "Of course, it is terribly disappointing to have to pass the baton on, but it has been a marvellous experience to inhabit this role for the last few years."

Geraldine McEwan
One of her other notable roles was playing Mrs Proudie in a dramatisation of Anthony Trollope's Barchester Chronicles

Source: bbc.co.uk

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