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Actress Rosemary Leach Dead At 81

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British actress Rosemary Leach has died at the age of 81.

Leach, known for her roles in a number of films and TV shows, is reported to have passed after a short illness, according to her agent, Caroline de Wolfe.

"It is with great sadness I must report the news that Rosemary Leach died in hospital yesterday, Saturday 21st October, after a short illness," said de Wolfe in a statement, according to the Independent.

Leach, born on Dec. 18, 1935 in Shropshire, England, started her career performing at repertory theater and the Old Vic theater in London, before starting TV roles in shows like "No -- That's Me Over Here!" and making her film debut in 1973's "That'll be the Day."

Leach had a long career, with dozens on roles in film and television stretching from the 1960s to the 2010s.

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She was also known for her roles in "A Room with a View" and the sitcom "My Family."

Leach won an Olivier Award for her role in the play "84 Charing Cross Road," reports The Sun. She was also nominated for two supporting actress BAFTA awards for "That'll be the Day" and "A Room with a View."

Leach had roles in TV films including "The Adventures of Don Quixote" and "Brief Encounter," reports The Guardian.

Leach played Queen Elizabeth II in 2002's "Prince William," again in a 2006 episode of "The Afternoon Play," and once more in 2009 in the TV film "Margaret."

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Leach's final on-screen role came in 2012's "May I Kill U?" a low-budget dark comedy directed by Stuart Urban.

After the news of her death, co-stars and fans paid tribute to Leach and her career on social media.

"It is a day for goodbyes. I have fond memories of Rosemary Leach," wrote one user on Twitter. "Very chatty, down to earth lady & great actress. RIP."

"Very sorry to hear that Rosemary Leach has died," wrote another. "She was perfect for us in 'That'll be the Day.' The scene where she turns up on the beach to confront her runaway son always brings tears to my eyes."

"Sad to hear Rosemary Leach has died," tweeted another user. "I always picture her in my mind wrestling with those unruly, wind-blown roses in 'A Room with a View.'"

"I am truly saddened by the death of Rosemary Leach," wrote actor Peter Land, "A force of nature to act opposite - we were together in 'Six for Gold.'"

"Saddened by the passing of Rosemary Leach, a wonderful actress and my screen mother in 'That'll be the Day,'" wrote actor and musician David Essex. "Remembered with affection, RIP."

Leach is survived by her husband, Colin Starkey.

Sources: Independent, The Guardian, The Sun, Twitter (2, 3, 4, 5) / Featured Image: DanielSTL/Flickr / Embedded Images: BT, BBC via The Sun

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