Actress Sylvia Syms dies as family say star had ‘joy and laughter’ until the end

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    Actress Sylvia Syms, who appeared in the 1958 film Ice Cold In Alex, has died aged 89, with her family confirming the sad news today.

    The English actress was best known for her roles in the films Woman in a Dressing Gown, Ice Cold in Alex, No Trees in the Street, Victim and The Tamarind Seed.

    PA have released a statement from the actress' children, Beatie and Ben Edney, confirming that Sylvia "died peacefully” early on Friday (January 27) at Denville Hall, a care home in London.

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    "Our mother, Sylvia, died peacefully this morning," they began in the moving statement.

    "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.

    Her two survived children went on: "We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Denville Hall for the truly excellent care they have taken of our Mum over the past year."

    Sylvia was an esteemed actress with a full-to-the-brim list of film credits.

    Kicking off her career in the 1950s, Sylvia continued acting into the 2010s.

    In the 1980s her fame rose to new heights when a segment of Ice Cold In Alex was used for a Carlsberg beer advert.

    In 1989 she appeared in Doctor Who, while 1991 saw her portray Margaret Thatcher in a TV film entitled Thatcher: The Final Days.

    From 2000 until 2003 she played the role of Marion Riley in ITV's At Home with the Braithwaite's, and for the 2006 hit movie The Queen.

    For the movie about the late Queen Elizabeth II, which starred Dame Helen Mirren, Sylvia portrayed Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

    2010 saw her guest-star in medical drama Casualty – a show she appeared in three years prior. Both times as different characters.

    She also popped up in EastEnders as dressmaker Olive Woodhouse, a pal of Peggy Mitchell, for four episodes from 2007 until 2010.

    And from 2013 to 2019, the esteemed actress was the narrator of BBC Two's Talking Pictures.

    The photo above shows Sylvia with her adopted son Mark Benjamin Edney in 1961.

    Sylvia also gave birth to a daughter in 1962 called Beatrice, who is better known as actor Beatie Edney.

    Sylvia married her teenage sweetheart, Alan Edney, when she was 22, but he sadly passed away in 1989.


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