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Upstairs, Downstairs star Nicola Pagett dies ‘suddenly’ at the age of 75

Upstairs, Downstairs star Nicola Pagett dies ‘suddenly’ at the age of 75 after battling a brain tumour

Upstairs, Downstairs star Nicola Pagett has died ‘suddenly’ at the age of 75 after battling a brain tumour.

The actress passed away on March 3 after ‘stoically dealing with her illness’, The Guardian reports.

Pagett, described as a ‘glacial, beautiful presence’ was best known for her role as Elizabeth Bellamy, the spoiled daughter of Richard and Lady Marjorie, in Upstairs, Downstairs in the 1970s.

Sad news: Upstairs, Downstairs star Nicola Pagett s died ‘suddenly’ at the age of 75 after battling a brain tumour (pictured in 1989) 

The series followed the lives of the masters and servants living in a townhouse in Belgravia during the early 1900s. 

She had a successful career on the small screen, starring as Elizabeth Fanshawe in Frankenstein: The True Story (1973).

She also played the lead role in a TV version of Anna Karenina in 1977 alongside Eric Porter as Karenin and Stuart Wilson as Vronsky.

Iconic: From left to right, British actors Gwen Taylor, Pagett, David Jason and Diana Weston in A Bit Of A Do in 1989

Iconic: From left to right, British actors Gwen Taylor, Pagett, David Jason and Diana Weston in A Bit Of A Do in 1989

The actress starred alongside David Jason and Diana Weston in A Bit Of A Do in 1989.  

It was a British comedy-drama series based on the books by David Nobbs. It was produced by Yorkshire Television for two series and aired on ITV from 13 January to 1 December 1989. 

The show was set in a fictional Yorkshire town and told the story of the changing lives of two families, the working-class Simcocks and the middle-class Rodenhursts. 

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