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Doctor Who and EastEnders star Ann Davies has died

Doctor Who and EastEnders star Ann Davies dies: Tributes are paid to wife of late The Good Life star Richard Briers after her death aged 87

  • The actress who passed away on Thursday, her agent has confirmed today 
  • She was the wife of actor Richard Briers and mother to two daughters
  • Agent described her as ‘a superb actress’ who will be ‘very much missed’ 

Former Doctor Who and Eastenders star Ann Davies has died aged 87.

The actress, who was the wife of the late Richard Briers – who starred in The Good Life – and mother to two daughters, passed away on Thursday, her agent confirmed.

Barry Langford tweeted: ‘Sadly my lovely client of 34 years Ann Davies passed away yesterday.

‘A superb actress with TV credits including #DoctorWho and #TheSculptress, Ann was devoted to her beloved late husband #RichardBriers and their daughters Lucy and Kate.

‘She will be very much missed. #RIP Annie.’

Davies starred in a string of Doctor Who episodes in the 1960s playing the character of Jenny alongside William Hartnell as the Time Lord, before going on to play teacher Mrs Singleton in Grange Hill during the 1990s. 

The actress also appeared in BBC dramas Doctors and Eastenders, as well as acting alongside her husband Richard in a number of television roles prior to his death in 2013.  

The couple had lived together in Chiswick, west London, after marrying in 1956 and had two daughters Lucy and Katie.

Lucy, 54, plays Mrs Blish in ITV’s Endeavour and featured as Mary Bennet in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. 

Ann Briers and husband RIchards pictured arriving at Avenue of the Stars in London in September 2005

Richard and Ann Briers starred together on television prior to his death in 2013

Richard and Ann Briers starred together on television prior to his death in 2013

The couple pictured together as they arrive to watch the opening night of The Anniversary play in London in 2005

The couple pictured together as they arrive to watch the opening night of The Anniversary play in London in 2005

The husband and wife smile happily as they are pictured at Hampton Court Palace together in 2004

The husband and wife smile happily as they are pictured at Hampton Court Palace together in 2004 

Ann Davies pictured with her husband Richard Briers prior to his death aged 79 in February 2013

Ann Davies pictured with her husband Richard Briers prior to his death aged 79 in February 2013

Ann’s husband Richard was known to millions for his enduring role in TV sitcom The Good Life.

The star, who was also well-known for his Shakespearean roles, had been battling a serious lung condition for years before he died ‘peacefully’ at his London home in 2013. 

The couple appeared together in films Peter’s Friends in 1992 and In the Bleak Midwinter in 1995, as well as a radio apaptation of the television series Brothers in Law.

Mr Briers was one of the most popular television sitcom actors of his generation.

He was the lynchpin of three of the most notable sitcoms ever made in Britain – Marriage Lines, The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles.

After leaving school in Surrey with meagre qualifications, Briers flirted with the idea of electrical engineering as a career, before realising that what he really wanted to do was tread the boards, not wire them. He attended RADA from 1954 to 1956, then joined Liverpool Repertory Company.

It was while at Liverpool rep that he met actress Ann Davies. Theirs would be that rare thing in the theatrical world — a long, stable and happy marriage. 

Following Richard’s death, Dame Sheila Hancock described them as a ‘wonderful couple’.

She said: ‘‘It’s really not easy in our profession, but they were a wonderful couple and we were very close to them.’

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