Actor Haydn Gwynne, Popular for the roles in The Crown & The Windsors, Died at the Age of 66


Throughout the course of her remarkable decades-long career, the celebrated British actress of stage and television performed in a variety of roles.

The seasoned British actress Haydn Gwynne, who starred in The Windsors and The Crown, passed away.

According to AP, Gwynne passed away on Friday at the age of 66 in a hospital in London surrounded by her loved ones. Additionally, the publication stated that she had received a cancer diagnosis not too long ago.

PEOPLE contacted Gwynne’s representatives to request a statement.

The actress, who was born in Sussex, England, first gained recognition in the latter part of the 1980s for her role in the television series Nice Work. She later went on to appear in other British programs such as Drop the Deadly Donkey, Peak Practice, and Rome, where she played Calpurnia, the wife of Julius Caesar. She most recently played Lady Susan Hussey, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s ladies in awaiting, in season 5 on The Crown, and Queen Camilla in The Windsors.

Gwynne was a star in theatrical productions of Way the World and Hedda Gabler, and she was also a master on stage. She was nominated for Tony and Olivier awards for her performance as Mrs. Wilkinson, the dancing instructor in Billy Elliot the Musical, which she starred in. For her roles in The Threepenny Opera, Women who are on the Brink of a Mental Breakdown, and City of Angels, she was also nominated for an Olivier Award.

The actress had been set to star in a brand-new London staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, but she pulled out of the role in early September.

Helen Mirren is one of the people who has paid respect to Gwynne following her passing. Gwynne is a “delight” and an exemplary, committed performer, according to a statement that Mirren gave to PEOPLE.

Mirren,78, said, “I had a wonderful experience of expressing the screen with her in the production of The Audience, where we moved a delicate movement together, reminiscent of the initial leads (Queen Elizabeth 2, and Margaret Thatcher). It was an outstanding display of balance that exemplified both her comedic and serious sides.”

The Oscar victor also She will be sorely missed.


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