Alexandra Bastedo: The Champions actress dies aged 67

Alexandra Bastedo and husband Patrick Garland Alexandra Bastedo was the widow of theatre producer Patrick Garland

Actress Alexandra Bastedo, best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died aged 67 following a long illness.

Bastedo, who had cancer, also starred in Absolutely Fabulous, Boon and The Agatha Christie Hour.

In later life, animal rights supporter Bastedo set up the ABC Animal Sanctuary near Pulborough, West Sussex, which announced her death.

The sanctuary said the actress would be "sadly missed" by all who knew her.

The charity said on Twitter: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Alexandra Bastedo passed away this Sunday afternoon after a long illness aged 67.

"She will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her, and by all the volunteers at the ABC Animal Sanctuary."

Bastedo was married to theatre producer and director Patrick Garland from 1980 until his death from an illness in April last year aged 78.

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