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Fenella Fielding dead aged 90 after Carry On star suffers stroke

Mirror logo Mirror 11/09/2018 Lucy Needham
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Former Carry On actress Fenella Fielding has died aged 90, a spokeswoman for the star has confirmed.

The star, who enjoyed a showbusiness career spanning seven decades, suffered a 'severe' stroke two weeks ago and died on Tuesday.

Fielding was best known for her roles in Carry On films - Carry On Regardless, 1961, and Carry On Screaming! in 1966.

Obituary: Classical actress with wit that deserves celebration (Telegraph)

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The actress, turned 90 last November and was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List for Services to Drama and Charity.

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In a statement, a spokeswoman said: "We are very sad to announce that Fenella Fielding OBE passed away this afternoon on Tuesday September 11.

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"This follows a severe stroke two weeks ago. During that time, she has been very comfortable and always looked tranquil and divine. And always wearing her eyelashes!

"Miss Fielding was an incredible talent. That voice! A unique woman, much loved by family, friends and fans. She will be missed tremendously."

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Fielding won legions of admirers for her role as the velvet voiced Valeria in British Comedy classic Carry on Screaming, a pastiche of the Hammer horrors. 

But during her lengthy career, she also appeared in TV roles including Mrs Leo Hunter in the 1985 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers.

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Fielding's famous voice also landed her a part in cult TV show The Prisoner in 1967. Co-star Patrick McGoohan once said he'd told her to tone it down and not be too sexy.

Her stage credits include the title roles in Hedda Gabler and Colette.

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She is also remembered for a number of TV appearances on the Morecambe and Wise Show as well as playing The Vixen in Uncle Jac. Her most recent TV appearance was in Skins in 2012.

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