Goldfinger actress Tania Mallet dies aged 77

Mallet played Tilly Masterson alongside Sir Sean Connery's James Bond.

Goldfinger actress Tania Mallet has died aged 77, it has been announced.

A cousin of Dame Helen Mirren, Mallet played Tilly Masterson alongside Sir Sean Connery’s James Bond in the 1964 classic.

Her death was announced on the official 007 Twitter account.

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“We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in GOLDFINGER has passed away,” a tweet said.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”

According to a biography on Imdb, Blackpool-born Mallet was working as a model when she was cast as Masterson by Albert “Cubby” Broccoli.

However, instead of pursuing a career in acting after her blockbuster turn, she returned to modelling.

She was related to Dame Helen through her mother, whose younger brother was The Queen actress’s father.

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