Anna Wing - EastEnders Aug 2, 2013 15:07:28 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Aug 2, 2013 15:07:28 GMT 1
Anna Eva Lydia Catherine Wing, MBE (30 October 1914 – 7 July 2013) had a long career in television and theatre, but was best known for playing Lou Beale, the family matriarch of the Beale and Fowler family in EastEnders.
Wing was born in Hackney, London, and started out as an artist's model and later, during the Second World War, worked in East End hospitals.
An earlier soap appearance of hers was in Market in Honey Lane for ATV in the late 1960s. She also had a role in the Doctor Who serial "Kinda" in 1982. Other television credits include roles in Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, Play for Today, On Giant's Shoulders and The Sweeney.
After leaving EastEnders, Wing continued to work on stage, playing the medium, Madame Arcati, in Noël Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit. She also had numerous television roles, including parts in Casualty, Doctors, French and Saunders, The Bill, as well as adding her vocal talents to the animated series Fungus the Bogeyman.
In May 2005 she attended the British Soap Awards, where she presented June Brown with a lifetime achievement award for Brown's portrayal of Dot Branning in EastEnders. In 2005, Wing formed part of the cast of the short film Ex Memoria, directed by Josh Appignanesi and produced by Oscar-winning producer Mia Bays. The short film tells of a woman's struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Ex Memoria was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Short in 2006.
In 2009, aged 94, she worked on a short film, Numbers Up, from Guildhall Pictures. The same year Wing was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours for her services to drama and charity.
Wing attended the funeral of her EastEnders onscreen daughter Wendy Richard on 9 March 2009. She was a member of the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers, and supported the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
She died in her sleep on 7 July 2013 aged 98.