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Sylvia Syms: Veteran British actress dies at 89

Sylvia Syms in 1987

British actress Sylvia Syms, a star of stage and screen for six decades, has died at the age of 89.

She shot to fame in the 1950s in Ice Cold in Alex, and was nominated for Bafta Awards for Woman in a Dressing Gown and No Trees in the Street.

She was later in TV shows like Peak Practice and EastEnders, and in 1991 played the former prime minister in ITV’s Thatcher: The Final Days.

And in 2006 she played the Queen Mother opposite Helen Mirren in The Queen.

A statement from her children, Beatie and Ben Edney, said: “Our mother, Sylvia, died peacefully this morning.

“She has lived an amazing life and gave us joy and laughter right up to the end. Just yesterday we were reminiscing together about all our adventures. She will be so very missed.”

Syms also appeared in an episode of BBC One drama series Gentleman Jack in 2019, and was in episodes of BBC Two’s gentle comedy Rev in 2011.

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