Fenella Fielding dead: Carry On actress dies aged 90 after suffering 'severe stroke'

Fenella Fielding, who enjoyed a career in showbusiness spanning seven decades, died after suffering a severe stroke two weeks ago.

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

“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.”

The star was best-known for her appearing in two Carry On films – Carry On Regardless (1961) and Carry On Screaming! (1966).

Fenella was also awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Since the news of her death, tributes have poured in for the actress with many posting on Twitter.

One fan said: “Fenella Fielding. RIP. Marvellous, adorable star. You will be much missed. Xxx.”

“Another great actress gone RIP Fenella Fielding,” said another.

A third person commented: “RIP Fenella Fielding who passed away today. I grew up knowing her for her performance as the marvellously camp and villainous Vixen in CBBC’s Uncle Jack and came to appreciate her for much more. A beautiful actress with a beautiful voice.”

“Carry on Screaming is one of the best in the series. RIP #FenellaFielding,” said one fan.

Last month, it was revealed Fenella was forced to cancel an appearance at the Darlington Film Club to read extract from her autobiography, Do You Mind If I Smoke?, after being taken ill.

In a statement released on behalf of her family, her biographer and friend Simon McKay said: “It is with great shock and sadness that we announce Miss Fenella Fielding OBE has probably made her last stage appearance.

“At the weekend, she experienced a severe stroke.

“At this time it is unclear what level of recovery might be possible, but we want to reassure you she is in good spirits.”

He added: “She has first rate care and is surrounded with love.”

Fenella, who was born in London, began her acting career in 1952 and concentrated on stage productions.

By 1959, she appeared with Kenneth Willians in the comedy revue Pieces of Eight, written by Harold Pinter and Peter Cook.

Fenella had occasional guest appearances in television programmes such as The Avengers and in Danger Man.

Her most famous role was playing the vampish Valeria in Carry On Screaming.

Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

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