Home and Away veteran actress Cornelia Frances dies, aged 77

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Actress Cornelia France arrives for the Home & Away party at Cargo Bar back in 2009. (Getty)
Actress Cornelia France arrives for the Home & Away party at Cargo Bar back in 2009. (Getty)

Home and Away veteran actress Cornelia Frances has passed away at the age of 77.

The star who’d played the character of Morag Bellingham died after a battle with cancer, local media have reported.

But it wasn’t just the long-running Aussie soap that Frances was famous for, with a number of other high profile roles to her name, including hosting the country’s version of The Weakest Link.

She’d been a familiar face on Home and Away (often dipping in and out of storylines) since 1988. She appeared as Alf Stewart’s (another of the show’s legends, Ray Meagher) no-nonsense and straight-talking sister.

‘Cornie was an incredibly loved and valued member of our cast over many, many years. We had a moment of silence for her on set this morning and she’ll be sadly missed by both cast and crew,’ Meagher said.

Cornelia Frances (from right), with former co-stars Ray Meagher, and Judy Nunn. (Getty)
Cornelia Frances (from right), with former co-stars Ray Meagher, and Judy Nunn. (Getty)

Frances had previously spoken out about fighting the cancer earlier this year to Nine Network: ‘I’ve always played the strong ladies.

‘I’m going to fight it [the cancer], by God I am. [Acting] has been a wonderful road and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve loved every soapie I’ve been on.’

Some of her co-stars over the years paid tribute to the icon on Twitter.

The actress was actually born in Liverpool and moved to London in her early life to study acting. She then moved to Australia in 1970, where she began her acting career in TV shows like The Young Doctors, Prisoner, and Sons and Daughters.

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