Actress Rosemary Leach dies after ‘short illness’

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Rosemary Leach as the Queen in

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Rosemary Leach played the Queen in Margaret, a BBC drama about Margaret Thatcher

Actress Rosemary Leach, best known for her roles in the films A Room With A View and That’ll Be The Day, has died, her agent has said.

Leach, who also played Grace in episodes of the sitcom My Family, died in hospital after a “short illness”, Caroline de Wolfe said in a statement.

The stage and screen actress, 81, won an Olivier Award in 1982 for her part in the play 84 Charing Cross Road.

She was also twice nominated for a Bafta award as best supporting actress.

Leach is survived by her actor husband, Colin Starkey.

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Rosemary Leach appeared alongside Ronnie Corbett in Now Look Here, in the 1970s

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She again starred alongside Corbett in the 1974 series The Prince of Denmark

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Leach again played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2005 series Tea with Betty

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