Bafta-winning actress Anna Massey, best known for her role in Hotel du Lac, has died aged 73 after suffering from cancer.
“Anna Massey CBE passed away peacefully on Sunday 3 July, with her husband and son by her side,” said her agent in a statement. “She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother, a cherished grandmother, a generous colleague and, always, a consummate professional. She will be missed.”
Massey’s most recent work included Poirot and Midsomer Murders, both in 2009. But her career started on stage when she was 17 and then on film when she was 21. Her film career began in 1958 when she appeared in Gideon’s Day, directed by John Ford, her grandfather.
On television she is remembered best for her role as Edith Hope in Hotel du Lac, the 1986 BBC dramatisation of Anita Brookner’s novel about a lonely romantic writer. She also famously played Mrs Danvers in a 1979 version of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. Her radio career included a successful partnership with Imelda Staunton in BBC Radio 4’s comedy detective tales Daunt and Dervish, by Guy Meredith, which began in 2003.