Angharad Rees - Poldark Jul 22, 2012 0:07:00 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Jul 22, 2012 0:07:00 GMT 1
Welsh actress Angharad Rees has died after a long battle with cancer, her family has said. Rees, who starred in BBC drama series Poldark in the 1970s, was 63.
Angharad Mary Rees was born in Cardiff on 16 July 1949. She made her TV debut in 1968 as a parlourmaid in a BBC Play of the Month adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman which also starred Eric Porter, Maggie Smith and Adrienne Corri. Over the next few years she appeared in a number of established television shows such as The Avengers, Doctor in the House and Paul Temple.
In 1973 she married actor Christopher Cazenove. They had two sons - one of whom was killed in a tragic car accident in 1999 on the M11 in Essex while driving to pick up books from Cambridge University, where he had just been awarded his Master's in Philosophy. Cazenove and Rees had divorced the year before - he died in 2010.
In 1975 Rees landed her first starring TV role in the long running BBC series Poldark, playing Demelza Poldark until 1977. Other regular roles followed; Patricia in The Forgotten Story (1983), Helen De Angelo in Close to Home (1989-90) and Caroline Farrell in Trainer (1992). Her last screen appearance was in the 1998 fantasy film The Wolves of Kromer. Her family said she remained an active supporter of the arts and was an honorary fellow of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Following her divorce from Cazenove, Rees remarried, to David McAlpine, a member of the McAlpine construction empire. She founded a jewellery design company, Angharad, based in Knightsbridge (with her pieces featured in the film Elizabeth, The Golden Age) and has a pub named after her in Pontypridd, South Wales.
In a statement, her family said they were "deeply saddened" and the actress, who also enjoyed an extensive theatre career, would be "greatly missed".
"Angharad passed away peacefully today with her family at her bedside in London, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer," her family said.
Angharad Rees died on 21 July 2012