Actress Geraldine McEwan has died aged 82.
The British star was best known for playing Agatha Christie’s famous sleuth Miss Marple between 2004 and 2009 in ITV’s Marple.
“Following a stroke at the end of October and a period in hospital, Geraldine McEwan passed away peacefully on January 30. Her family would like to thank the staff at Charing Cross Hospital who cared for her incredibly well,” reads a statement from her family.
McEwan’s acting career began on the stage during the 1940s, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company and stars such as Laurence Olivier.
Her television roles included The Barchester Chronicles, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Mulberry, the 80s production of Mapp and Lucia and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, for which she won a best actress Bafta in 1991.
Tributes have already been paid on Twitter to the actress.
So sad to hear Geraldine McEwan has died today. 😔— Dr Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian) January 31, 2015
Geraldine McEwan has died aged 82. Sad news. The very best Miss Marple— Alistair Bunkall (@AliBunkallSKY) January 31, 2015
Sad to hear about Geraldine Mcewan. Loved her as a twinkly miss marple.— Emma Foster 🇪🇺 (@emmaf20) January 31, 2015
Sad to hear that Geraldine McEwan has passed away, we've lost another acting legend 🙁 #RIP— Barnsey (@officialbarnsey) January 31, 2015