EastEnders pays touching tribute to star after sad death aged 89 | The Sun

EastEnders pays touching tribute to star after sad death aged 89 | The Sun

January 30, 2023

EASTENDERS has paid a touching tribute to a former star after their sad death aged 89.

Sylvia Sims passed away last week at Denville Hall, a care home in London for those in the entertainment industry.

Sylvia played Olive Woodhouse for three years in EastEnders and now the BBC soap has paid tribute to her.

Writing on the official EastEnders account on social media, a post read: "We are deeply saddened to hear that Sylvia Syms has passed away.

"Our love and thoughts are with Sylvia’s family and friends."

A statement from her children, Beatie and Ben Edney, said: "Our mother, Sylvia, died peacefully this morning.

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"She has lived an amazing life and gave us joy and laughter right up to the end. Just yesterday we were reminiscing together about all our adventures. She will be so very missed.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Denville Hall for the truly excellent care they have taken of our Mum over the past year."

Sylvia was born in London in 1934 and attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

In 1958, she landed a role in film Ice Cold in Alex as Sister Diana and later that year appeared in The Moonraker.

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Sylvia also starred in Expresso Bongo alongside Cliff Richard the following year.

The actress was nominated for a BAFTA for her role in The Tamarind Seed with Julie Andrews.

From 2000 to 2003, Sylvia played Marion Riley in the ITV comedy-drama series At Home with the Braithwaites.

In 2006, she was cast as the Queen Mother in blockbuster The Queen, which won Helen Mirren an Oscar.

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