Actress Geraldine McEwan, known for playing Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple on television, has died aged 82.
McEwan as Marple (Credit: ITV)
McEwan starred in the role of the spinster consultant detective Jane Marple in 12 TV films aired on ITV.
The Bafta award winner had a long and successful career in theatre, television and films which saw her work with the likes of Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Williams.
The actress earlier in 2015 (Credit: Press Association)
Her son Greg and daughter Claudia said in a statement: “Following a stroke at the end of October and a period in hospital, Geraldine McEwan passed away peacefully on January 30.
"Her family would like to thank the staff at Charing Cross Hospital who cared for her incredibly well."
Villainous… McEwan as Mortianna in ‘Robin Hood: Prince Of Thives’, perhaps her best known film role (Credit: Warner Bros.)
Ms McEwan won a BAFTA for best actress in 1991 for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.
She played Miss Marple for five years and announced she was retiring from the role in 2008.
She said at the time: "Of course, it is terribly disappointing to have to pass the baton on."
But it has been a marvellous experience to inhabit this role for the last few years, and I am sure that my successor, whomever she may be, will thoroughly enjoy her time with the production team - and with the extraordinarily talented group of writers and actors that they come up with for each series."