Grange Hill actress Gwyneth Powell, who performed Mrs McClusky, dies aged 76 after issues with surgical procedure

Gwyneth Powell
Gwyneth Powell died from issues after an operation (Footage: BBC, Rex Options)

Grange Hill actress Gwyneth Powell has died on the age of 76.

Powell was greatest identified for enjoying headmistress Mrs McClusky within the in style BBC sequence.

Her agent Matthew Lacey mentioned in a press release on behalf of the household that she died ‘after issues following a serious operation for a perforated colon’.

‘She handed away peacefully, together with her husband (Alan Leith) and niece at her bedside,’ the assertion added.

‘Gwyneth might be tremendously missed by her adoring household and mates alongside together with her many followers from a number of TV appearances.’

Lacey revealed that Powell died on Thursday September 8 in Brighton, the identical day because the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.

Gwyneth Powell in Grange Hill
Powell performed powerful however truthful headmistress Mrs McClusky in Grange Hill for a decade (Image: BBC)

Gwyneth Powell and William Simons in Emmerdale
Powell starred alongside Willam Simons in ITV cleaning soap Emmerdale in 1976 (Image: Rex Options)

Powell appeared in Grange Hill between 1981 and 1991 till she requested her character was written out so she may pursue different roles.

Reacting to the information, Patricia Hidalgo, director of BBC Youngsters’s and Schooling: ‘We’re very sorry to listen to of the passing of Gwyneth Powell.

‘Her well-known portrayal of Mrs McClusky is one which might be fondly remembered by all those who grew up watching Grange Hill.

‘Our ideas are together with her household and mates at this unhappy time.’

Gwyneth Powell in Armchair Thriller
Powell as soon as mentioned switching to comedy was ‘troublesome’ after years of starring in dramas (Image: Rex Options)

Gwyneth Powell in Armchair Thriller
The actress appeared reverse Ian McKellen within the TV sequence Armchair Thriller (Image: Rex Options)

Powell, who hailed from Manchester, landed her first TV huge TV function in 1971 dystopian drama sequence The Guardians.

She can be identified for showing in 2013’s Channel 4 comedy present Man Down, by which she starred because the mom of Welsh comedian Greg Davies’ character, whereas different appearing credit included Heartbeat, Holby Metropolis and Father Brown.

The TV star made transient appearances in ITV soaps Coronation Road and Emmerdale in 1976.

Gwyneth Powell
Powell (Image: Rex Options)

Touchdown the function in comedy Man Down was a change of tempo for Powell, who mentioned in an interview with British Comedy Information: ‘I’ve achieved plenty of comedy and I’d say it’s harder really…

‘I’ve all the time loved comedy as a result of it feels extra like taking part in than working actually, though it’s fairly tough to do, and you need to have a whole lot of focus. Typically if you need to do a scene 10/15 instances over from totally different angles, or for technical faults, then it may be fairly troublesome to nonetheless be discovering the bubble that you just want for comedy.’

Powell was married to fellow actor Alan Leith, who has starred in TV sequence resembling Silent Witness: Solely The Lonely and One other Life.

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