Sylvia Syms dead – EastEnders and Dr Who star dies aged 89 as family pay tribute

EastEnders actress Sylvia Syms has died at the age of 89, her family have announced.

As well as appearing on Albert Square, the actress also starred on British iconic show Doctor Who.

She "died peacefully" on Friday 27 January in the morning.

Sylvia was living in a care home in London during her last days – at an establishment called Denville Hall, known for housing those in the entertainment industry.

Sylvia was mum to fellow acting star and Poldark favourite Beatie Edney and her brother Ben Edney.

A joint statement from the siblings paid tribute to their "amazing" mother and how much she'll be missed.

“Our mother, Sylvia, died peacefully this morning," it read. "She has lived an amazing life and gave us joy and laughter right up to the end.

"Just yesterday we were reminiscing together about all our adventures. She will be so very missed.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Denville Hall for the truly excellent care they have taken of our Mum over the past year.”

Sylvia is best known for her roles in the war epic Ice Cold In Alex as Sister Diana, and 1961 movie Victim opposite Dir Dirk Bogarde.

In her golden years, the actress had guest starring roles in BBC hits such as Doctor Who and long-running soap EastEnders.

She also had a major role playing the Queen Mother opposite Helen Mirren in The Queen.

Sylvia's final role before her death was in the period drama Gentleman Jack as Mrs Rawson.

Film and TV fans took to Twitter to share their tributes to the fantastic actress, who had a colourful career.

"Very sad to hear that Sylvia Syms has passed away," one person posted. "A wonderful actress with a long career on film and TV."

Fellow industry professional Stuart Antony shared: "Saddened to hear the wonderful Sylvia Syms has passed away aged 89. She was truly lovely every-time I met her. What a loss – RIP x"

"Dearest Sylvia Syms has gone to the great cinema in the sky," another person tweeted. "Sylvia we promise to keep your memory alive and are thinking of your family and friends at such a sad time, rest in peace dear lady."


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