Nicola Pagett, who played the rebellious daughter Elizabeth Bellamy in the Seventies drama Upstairs, Downstairs, has died aged 75 of complications from a brain tumour.
The star died “suddenly” on Wednesday (3 March), according to a report in The Guardian.
She was most famous for her role in the Emmy-winning series Upstairs, Downstairs as the entitled daughter of a wealthy Edwardian family living in Belgravia.
Over the course of her three-decade stage and screen career, she starred as Elizabeth Fanschawe in the 1973 telefilm Frankenstein: The True Story and as the star of the 10-episode 1977 miniseries Anna Karenina.
Pagett also appeared in such films as Anne of a Thousand Days (1969), There’s a Girl in My Soup (1970), Operation: Daybreak (1975), Privates on Parade (1983) and Mike Newell’s An Awfully Big Adventure (1995).
In the West End, she starred alongside Michael Gambon and Liv Ullmann in a 1985 revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times after being directed by the playwright two years earlier in The Trojan War Will Not Take Place.
She also wrote a book in 1997, Diamond Behind My Ears, about living with mental illness.
Pagett is survived by her daughter, Eve, and sister, Angela.