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Actress Angharad Rees loses her battle with cancer

Angharad Rees starred on television, film and stage Photo: Fiona Hanson / PA Wire

Actress Angharad Rees has died following a long battle with pancreatic cancer, her family said on Saturday. Rees, who starred in BBC drama series Poldark in the 1970s after first appearing on screen in The Way We Live Now in 1969, also enjoyed an extensive theatre career.

The family of Angharad Rees (McAlpine) are deeply saddened to announce that Angharad passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside in London, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

– A statement released by her family
Angharad Rees (left) pictured with Patricia Hodge in 1999 Credit: Fiona Hanson / PA Wire

Welsh actress Rees, who was 63, was married to the late Dynasty actor Christopher Cazenove for more than 20 years and they had two sons together, Linford and Rhys, 35.

Linford, the elder of the two, died in a car crash on the M11 in Essex in 1999 aged 26.

She went on to marry David McAlpine in 2005, with whom she lived in London.

Actress Angharad Rees with her first husband Christopher Cazenove in 1990 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rees, who played Demelza in Poldark, also had a role in cult classic Jack the Ripper film Hands Of The Ripper, while on stage she appeared in A Winter's Tale, Richard II and Romeo And Juliet.

In addition to her acting success, she also founded a jewellery design company based in Knightsbridge, with her pieces featured in the film Elizabeth, The Golden Age.

Her family said she remained an active supporter of the arts and was an honorary fellow of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Her funeral will be private but there are plans for a service in celebration of her life which will be announced at a later date.