The actress Rosemary Leach has died following a short illness at the age of 81.
A recognisable figure on British television for over fifty years, Leach was nominated for a TV BAFTA for Best Actress three times in the 1970s for her roles in The Roads to Freedom (1971), Cider with Rosie (1972) and Don Quixote (1974) and nominated as Best Supporting Actress in the BAFTA film awards, firstly for her role as David Essex's mother in 1974's That'll Be Day (earning her the double that year) and in Merchant Ivory's A Room With a View in 1987. In 1982 she won the Olivier award for her performance in 84 Charing Cross Road, having previously been nominated for one five years earlier. Notable TV appearances include her role as the mistress of Patrick Wymark's character in The Power Game, opposite Ronnie Corbett in the sitcoms No - That's Me Over Here! and The Prince of Denmark, with Bernard Hepton in Jack Rosenthal's sitcom Sadie, It's Cold Outside, and as Aunt Fenny in The Jewel In The Crown. Other appearances included parts in Disraeli, The Charmer, Growing Pains, The Tomorrow People, Summer's Lease, Across The Lake, An Ungentlemanly Act, The Hawk, Tender Loving Care, The Buccaneers, Down to Earth and My Family. In later life, Leach played Queen Elizabeth II three times; in 2002's Prince William, 2006's Tea With Betty and Margaret in 2009.