LONDON — Actress Geraldine McEwan, best known for her role as Agatha Christie’s amateur detective Miss Marple, has died at the age of 82, her family have told the BBC.
She died on Jan. 30 following a stroke in late October, her family said.
McEwan won the BAFTA TV award in 1991 for best actress for her role in “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.” She also won awards for her theater work, taking Evening Standard best actress awards for “The Rivals” in 1983 and for “The Way of the World” in 1995.
She was nominated for a Tony Award for the 1998 production of Ionesco’s “The Chairs.”
McEwan appeared as Miss Marple in 12 episodes of the ITV television series “Agatha Christie’s Marple” from 2004 to 2009.
She also featured in 1991 Hollywood movie “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” as evil witch Mortianna, and in indie films like Kenneth Branagh’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Henry V,” and in a leading role as Sister Bridget in Peter Mullan’s “The Magdalene Sisters,” which won the Golden Lion at Venice.
McEwan was also known for her role as Emmeline “Lucia” Lucas in “Mapp and Lucia,” a 1985-86 television series based on 1930s comedy of manners novels by E.F. Benson. She also starred in a 1978 TV adaptation of “The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie” and starred in numerous other one-off dramas, such as the 1982 “L’Elegance.”
She was interested in theater from an early age and made her West End debut at age 19 in the 1951 production of “Who Goes There!” She worked at the Stratford Memorial Theatre starting in 1958, as it evolved into the present-day Royal Shakespeare Company. She appeared in “Hamlet” as Ophelia, “Twelfth Night” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”
She then moved to the National Theatre, starring opposite Laurence Olivier in Strindberg’s “Dance of Death,” among many other appearances. She made her directing debut with the Renaissance Theatre Company’s “As You Like It” in 1988, starring Kenneth Branagh.
She was married to Hugh Cruttwell, who died in 2002. They had a son Greg and daughter Claudia.