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Tuesday, 13 November, 2001, 11:47 GMT
Actress Peggy Mount dies
Peggy Mount with Gordon Jackon and Ronald Lewis
Peggy Mount in Sailor Beware
TV and theatre actress Peggy Mount has died aged 86, her agent has announced.

The star, who became known to millions as the battleaxe in ITV sitcom The Larkins, died after a long illness at Denville Hall Nursing Home in Northwood, west London.


Peggy Mount was made an OBE in 1996
Miss Mount, who received an OBE in 1996, was also a respected stage actress.

She starred in the West End for many years, winning praise for performances in All Things Bright And Beautiful and Romeo and Juliet at the Old Vic.

Film credits

Between 1983 and 1985 she was with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford and the Barbican appearing in Measure for Measure and The Dillon.

Notable credits
The Embezler
Sailor Beware
Dry Rot
The Naked Truth
Inn for Trouble
Ladies Who Do
George and the dragon
Oliver!
Her film credits include, Oliver!, Hotel Paradiso with Alec Guinness and The Naked Truth with Peter Sellers.

She had recently lost her sight and had suffered a series of strokes.

Sir Ian McKellan, on his website, wrote of her: "I was lucky enough to spar with Peggy Mount, a huge star of television and stage ever since her appearance as the harridan heroine of Sailor Beware."

In the 1980s she had parts in the popular TV series Inspector Morse and Casualty.

See also:

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