Howards' Way actress Sally Farmiloe dies aged 60

Sally Farmiloe Sally Farmiloe's acting career was overshadowed by her affair with Jeffrey Archer

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Actress Sally Farmiloe, who appeared in Howards' Way and had an affair with Jeffrey Archer during the 1990s, has died of cancer at the age of 60.

Farmiloe, born in South Africa, played a series of small TV roles before landing the part of barmaid Dawn in the popular BBC nautical soap.

But her relationship with Archer eclipsed her career when it was exposed in the press in 1999.

The novelist said he was "saddened" to hear of Farmiloe's death.

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Jeffrey Archer

After Sally's brave struggle against this terrible disease, I was saddened to hear the news of her death”

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He added that she had put up a "brave struggle" against breast cancer, which she was told last year had spread to her liver and bones.

Farmiloe's husband and children called her "a warm and caring woman".

She spent the latter part of her life raising funds for cancer charities, publishing a book called My Left Boob which chronicled her experiences - with all proceeds going to charity.

Farmiloe was also in the process of writing a follow-up about her battle with secondary cancer.

The actress met the former Conservative politician at a party fundraising benefit after setting up an events management company when her acting work dwindled.

The pair's relationship propelled Farmiloe into the headlines after the affair was made public in a tabloid newspaper.

Writing in the Daily Mail last year, Farmiloe said she did not regret her relationship with Archer, but the reputation she swiftly gained.

Sally Farmiloe and Stephen Yardley in Howards' Way, 1985 Sally Farmiloe's character Dawn embarked on an affair with Ken Masters in Howards' Way
Sally Farmiloe and Judy Cornwell Sally Farmiloe on stage with Judy Cornwell in a 2010 production of When The Lilac Blooms

"Overnight I acquired a new and unwelcome persona. I was no longer known as an actress and an intelligent woman with a savvy head for business. Suddenly I was a scarlet woman."

She added that she was suddenly "persona non grata" on the after-dinner speaking circuit.

Farmiloe's acting career encompassed a number of other small roles, including in classic sitcom Steptoe and Son and 1980s Jersey-based detective series Bergerac.

She appeared on stage on numerous occasions in London and national tours, including Absent Friends and When the Lilac Blooms.

Later on in her career, she played a number of roles in pantomime.

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