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Theatre chief pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham, who died yesterday Credit: Rex

The Chief Executive of the Norwich Theatre Royal has paid tribute to actress Lynda Bellingham, who passed away yesterday at the age of 66.

Lynda Bellingham appeared at the theatre in Calendar Girls once in 2009 and again in 2012, when she starred opposite Lisa Riley, Camilla Dallerup and Jan Harvey.

Chief Executive Peter Wilson says that on both occasions Lynda “threw her support behind fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research”. In 2012 she and the other cast members posed in dressing gowns outside the theatre to encourage the audience to donate money to the cause.

"I first worked with Lynda over thirty years ago and have been a fan ever since. Lynda was warm and approachable, talented and entertaining as an actor and as a friend. She deserved every happiness and success that came her way. Her firm gaze in the face of death is an enduring inspiration."

– Peter Wilson, Chief Executive of the Norwich Theatre Royal

Hollywood's Ironman to visit Cambridge

Robert Downey Jr Credit: ITV News Anglia

The American actor well known for his big screen roles as "Ironman" and "Sherlock Holmes" is to visit Cambridge University later.

Robert Downey Jr will be speaking to Cambridge University Students Union members and is the latest celebrity to visit, fellow actor Alec Baldwin has also paid a visit to speak at the union recently.

"It's awesome that they've managed to get Robert Downey Jr. He's one of the biggest and best screen actors of his generation and I'm sure people will be lining up to get a space to see him."

– Anonymous student


Meeting the man behind the "Granchester" stories

ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson meets Author James Runcie Credit: ITV News Anglia

ITV's new crime period drama "Granchester", which was filmed around Cambridge over the summer, finally hit our TV screens last night.

The 1950s themed drama has big names such as Robson Green, James Norton and Tessa Peake-Jones.

The author of the books which inspired the series, James Runcie, was born in Cambridge and he told ITV News Anglia that it was difficult to handover his characters to a script-writer.

"It's very very weird and I can't possibly judge, they're mine and they're not mine, you have to give them away, they're like children, you have to let them grow up."

– James Runcie, Author
Filming in Cambridge of Credit: ITV News Anglia
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