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Poldark actress Angharad Rees dies from cancer

image captionAngharad Rees first appeared in The Way We Live Now in 1969

Welsh actress Angharad Rees has died after a long battle with cancer, her family has said.

Rees, who starred in BBC drama series Poldark in the 1970s, was 63.

In a statement, her family said they were "deeply saddened" and the actress, who also enjoyed an extensive theatre career, would be "greatly missed".

"Angharad passed away peacefully today with her family at her bedside in London, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer," her family said.

Rees was married to the late Dynasty actor Christopher Cazenove for more than 20 years and they had two sons together, Linford and Rhys, 35.

Linford, the elder of the two, died in a car crash on the M11 in Essex in 1999 aged 25.

In 1994 the actress divorced Cazenove and went on to marry David McAlpine, of the construction family, in 2005, with whom she lived in London.

Arts supporter

Rees played Demelza in Poldark, a costume drama based on the novels written by Winston Graham and first broadcast in the UK between 1975 and 1977.

She also had a role in cult classic Jack the Ripper film Hands Of The Ripper and on stage she appeared in A Winter's Tale, Richard II and Romeo And Juliet.

In addition to her acting success, she also founded an eponymously titled jewellery design company based in Knightsbridge, with her pieces featured in the film Elizabeth, The Golden Age.

Her family said she remained an active supporter of the arts and was an honorary fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, the city where she grew up as a young child.

Her funeral will be private but there are plans for a service in celebration of her life which will be announced at a later date.

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