Actress Rosemary Leach dies after ‘short illness’


Rosemary Leach as the Queen in


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.


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


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


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