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Baldrick praises Nursie's 'comic skills'

Actor and broadcaster, Sir Tony Robinson Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The actor and broadcaster Sir Tony Robinson has led tributes to Kent actress Patsy Byrne who starred alongside him in the BBC comedy Blackadder. In a radio interview, Sir Tony, who played Baldrick, said she had been like a mother to "her boys" on the set of the show.

He said: "She had unerring skill to make the daftest, silliest thing sound absolutely real and absolutely plausible. I remember seeing her in As You Like It and it was one of those parts wherethe actress usually goes 'de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum'.

"But the way she said it was so that each word was a revelation to her and I think that was oneof her great comic skills."

Stars pay tribute to Kent actress

Former Blackadder cast member Stephen Fry has tweeted a tribute to actress Patsy Byrne from Ashford, who played Nursie in the long-running series, calling her an "adorable woman". The actor John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, has also paid his respects.

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Kent actress dies aged 80

Patsy Byrne, the actress best known for playing Nursie in the Blackadder television series, has died at 80. She was born in Ashford, Kent and studied at drama school before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Patsy Byrne played Nursie alongside Miranda Richardson's Elizabeth I in the second series of the hit comedy, set in the Tudor era.

She died on June 17th at Denville Hall, a care home for elderly actors in north-west London.