Sylvia Syms dies at 89: Actress who starred in Ice Cold In Alex, Victim, The Queen and EastEnders dies ‘peacefully’ in care home, her family reveals
- The former Eastenders actress ‘died peacefully’ early Friday, her children say
- The 89-year-old lived in Denville Hall, a nursing home for entertainment stars
Actress Sylvia Syms, best known for the films Ice Cold In Alex and Victim, has died at the age of 89, her family reports.
The former Eastenders star passed away ‘peacefully’ early on Friday at the age of 89 at Denville Hall, a London care home for people in the entertainment industry.
A statement from her children, Beatie and Ben Edney, said: ‘Our mother, Sylvia, passed away peacefully this morning. She has lived a wonderful life and has given us joy and laughter to the very end. Only yesterday we sat together reminiscing about all our adventures. She will be missed so much.
Sylvia Syms, 89, (pictured) has passed away, her family announced
Her family says she passed away peacefully. Sylvia is pictured in 1963
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Denville Hall for the truly outstanding care they have taken for our mother over the past year.”
Born on January 6, 1934, she was educated at convent schools before taking drama training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
She had a huge career, which started in 1954 when she made her stage debut at the age of 20 in a production of ‘The Apple Cart’ in 1954.
The talented star went on to star in more movies, including Ice-Cold in Alex, The Moonraker, and Woman in a Peignoir.
Sylvia also starred alongside Sir Cliff Richard in Expresso Bongo and before later working with Dame Helen Mirren in the hit film The Queen where she acted as the Queen Mother alongside the Oscar-winning actress.
Sylvia has worked with some of the biggest stars in the world, including Benedict Cumberbatch (right) when they appeared together on ‘Miss Marple’ in 2008 – Murder is Easy
She is pictured with Adam Ant in Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
Other big stars that Sylvia has acted alongside include Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2008 portrayal of ‘Miss Marple’ and Cara Delevingne in the short film Timeless.
And she also focused on soap opera acting, as Olive Woodhouse in Eastenders from 2007 to 2010.
Silvia was married to Alan Edney from 1956 to 1989. The couple had two children, daughter Beatie, 60, and son Benjamin.