EastEnders star Wendy Richard dies after losing cancer battle
Veteran EastEnders actress Wendy Richard has died aged 65.
The star, who played Pauline Fowler in the BBC soap for 22 years before quittingin 2006, was suffering from cancer.
Her agent Kevin Francis said: ‘She was incredibly brave and retained her sense of humour right to the end.’
Last October, Richard revealed she had an aggressive, terminal form of cancer.
Soon after, she married her long-term partner John Burns in a London hotel.
Wendy rose to fame as shop girl Miss Brahms in the 70s sitcom Are You Being Served? and also starred in Dad’s Army and Carry On movies.
Wendy recently revealed she decided to leave EastEnders because she didn’t believe in the character anymore.
She said: ‘I left because I wasn’t happy. Also, I couldn’t believe in what they wanted me to do and unless I can find some truth in what I am doing, I cannot play it.
‘Pauline remarrying was wrong. Some women never remarry. My mother never remarried after Daddy died. I always had it in my heart that Arthur was Pauline’s husband and that was that.’
She was awarded the MBE for services to television in 2000.