Porridge star Patricia Brake dies age 79

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Patricia Brake has died at the age of 79 credit:Bang Showbiz
Patricia Brake has died at the age of 79 credit:Bang Showbiz

Patricia Brake has died at the age of 79.

The actress - who was best known to TV audiences for her role as Ingrid Fletcher in classic BBC sitcom 'Porridge' - passed away on Saturday (28.05.22) after suffering a "long battle with cancer", according to her agents.

Scott Marshall Partners wrote on Twitter: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our client and well-loved stage and TV actress, Patricia Brake, at the age of 79, after a very long battle with cancer."

Patricia was initially married to late actor Robert McBain during the 1960s and had children Hannah, Jon and Angus with him but was later married to Michael Kennedy from 1997 until her death.

Her son Jon wrote on Twitter: "I can confirm that my mother, the actress Patricia Brake, died earlier today at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer."

In 'Porridge', Patricia played the fiery daughter of prison inmate Norman Stanley Fletcher, - who was played by Ronnie Barker - throughout the original run of the show from 1974 until 1977 and returned to the role for its short-lived spinoff series 'Going Straight' the following year.

As a teenager, Patricia joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford before making her TV debut in 1960 on 'Emergency Ward 10' and continued to work up until 2020, with roles in ill-fated soap opera 'Eldorado' as well as 'EastEnders' and played Viv Baldwin on 'Coronation Street' from 2005 until 2006.

Her final appearance on television was as a rape victim in an episode of ITV drama 'Manhunt.'

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