Haydn Gwynne, actress, 1957-2023 – obituary

Haydn Gwynne, actress, 1957-2023 – obituary

The star of stage and screen was best known to TV viewers for the comedy Drop The Dead Donkey and as Camilla in ­sitcom The Windsors.

Theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh dedicated last night’s performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends to her “memory and extraordinary career”.

The actress was due to appear in the musical but withdrew last month due to “personal circumstances”.

Haydn died in hospital “surrounded by her beloved sons, close family and friends”. A theatrical agent said: “We would like to thank the staff and teams at the Royal Marsden and Brompton Hospitals for their wonderful care over the last few weeks.”

Dame Helen, 78, said: “I had the huge pleasure of ­sharing the stage with her, in the play The Audience where, much like the original characters (Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher) we danced a delicate dance together.

“She was both funny and serious at the same time, a brilliant balancing act that her whole career exemplified. We will miss her very much.” Born in Sussex, Haydn had long wanted to be an actress but spent her early adult life in Rome teaching English. At 25 she returned home to pursue her dream.

Her breakthrough in Drop The Dead Donkey earned her a Bafta TV nomination in 1992.

She played Dr Joanna Graham in Peak Practice and starred in the police drama series Merseybeat.

The actress received two Olivier Award nominations for her ­West End productions of City Of Angels and Billy Elliot The Musical. She also starred as a judge in The Great British Bake Off Musical.

Haydn Gwynne, actress, born October 5, 1957 d. October 20, 2323

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