Hadyn Gwynne, the actress from “The Crown”, has passed away. She was 66.
The British screen and stage star was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Gwynne’s agent, Alex Irwin told The Associated Press that she was “surrounded” by her sons and close friends at the time of her death on Friday morning.
Hadyn was a teacher of English in Italy before she became famous. In the 1990s, she had her breakthrough role in the sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey.
Gwynne’s most memorable roles were played later in her career. She played Queen Camilla and Susan Hussey, a lady-in-waiting in “The Crown” in the royal satire The Windsors.
She also appeared opposite Helen Mirren in the 2013 drama “The Audience.” Gwynne portrayed Margaret Thatcher, as the Prime Minister.
Mirren praised Gwynne for her dedication to acting in a press release she gave to the Associated Press.
“She was funny and serious all at once, a brilliant balance that her entire career demonstrated.” “We will miss her very, very much,” Mirren said.
Gwynne had been nominated for many awards before her death. She was nominated for both an Olivier Award (Olivier Award) and a Tony Award for her role in “Billy Elliot.”
She was nominated for three more Oliver Awards, including “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “City of Angels” and “The Threepenny Opera.”
The Associated Press reported that Gwynne had been scheduled to perform in a musical tribute to Stephen Sondheim, “Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends”, but pulled out during rehearsals in September due to “unexpected personal circumstances.”
In a statement, the musical producer called Hadyn a “truly wonderful person as well as an actress and singer of phenomenal talent.” Cameron Mackintosh said that the Friday performance was dedicated to Gwynne.