Stars and fans pay tribute as Carry On actress Fenella Fielding dies aged 90

The actress uttered the famous line "Do you mind if I smoke?" in Carry On Screaming

Fenella Fielding (Getty)

Stars and fans are taking to social media to pay tribute to Carry On actress Fenella Fielding, who has died following a stroke at the age of 90.

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The stage and screen actress, once known as “England’s First Lady of the double entendre”, is best remembered for her comic roles, in particular as femme-fatale Valeria in 1966 film Carry On Screaming!, in which she utters her most famous line – “Do you mind if I smoke?” – as plumes of ethereal smoke literally emanate from her body.

She also appeared in the 1961 film Carry On Regardless.

“Sad to hear the news of Fenella Fielding, a fabulous actress and lovely lady,” Emmerdale and Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle posted on Twitter.

“A true screen icon, she leaves a wonderful legacy but will always be loved and remembered best for that immortal line… ‘Do you mind if I smoke?’”

“Such a loss,” she added.

“One of the best things my job has brought me is that I got to see Fenella Fielding present the Bad Sex Awards last year,” journalist Sarah Ditum posted. “An absolute fox, purring with mischief, and everything I’d hoped for since I loved the Carry Ons.

“Thank you, you total star.”

Another fan described Fielding as an “icon” and “true British eccentric”.

“I’ve genuinely loved her since watching Carry On Screaming as a kid,” they wrote.

“Very sad to read of the death of that splendid comedy actress #FenellaFielding – iconic and wonderful in Carry On Screaming and a touch of class in my first film Wishbaby,” wrote Vendetta’s film producer Jonathan Sothcott.

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“We don’t mind if you smoke. RIP.”


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