My Family actress dead: Rosemary Leach, who also starred in Holby City and Heartbeat, dies aged 81 following short illness

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Posted on Oct 23 2017 - 1:39am by admin
Rosemary Leach has sadly diedRosemary Leach has sadly died [Getty]

Her agent, Caroline de Wolfe, released a statement confirming the news about the My Family actress, revealing she died following an illness. 

“It is with great sadness I must report the news that Rosemary Leach died in hospital yesterday, Saturday 21st October, after a short illness,” the statement read.

The Olivier Award winning actress starred as Grace in My Family, and also played the part of Barbara Rush in Holby City, and Dorothy Plum in Heartbeat.

Rosemary Leach posed on the set of the television drama series 'Power Game' in 1966Rosemary Leach posed on the set of the television drama series ‘Power Game’ in 1966 [Getty]

She also appeared in movies A Room With A View, The Children, The Hawk and Mission London. 

She was born in Shropshire and attended RADA, before shooting to fame on TV boardroom drama The Power Game, where she played Susan Wheldon. 

The actress was best known for her TV and movie roles, renowned for her performance in That Will Be The Day.

Rosemary Leach has diedRosemary Leach has died [Getty]

She also played Mrs Honeychurch, the mother of Helena Bonham Carter’s character, in the 1985 Oscar-winning film A Room With A View.

Rosemary won an Olivier Award for her role in the play 84 Charing Cross Road.

She is survived by her husband Colin Starkey. 

Rosemary Leach previously starred in Holby City and HeartbeatRosemary Leach previously starred in Holby City and Heartbeat [Getty]

Many fans took to Twitter to shared their condolences, with one writing: “R.I.P to the beautiful and amazing Rosemary Leach who has passed away today aged 81 xx.”

“It is a day for goodbyes. I have fond memories of Rosemary Leach. Very chatty, down to earth lady & great actress. RIP,” another wrote, while a third added: “Truly sad to say adieu to our much loved Rosemary Leach who died after a short illness. Rosemary; award winning actress & wonderful woman.”

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