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In pictures: Wendy Richard

Wendy Richard in Up Pompeii, 1970

Actress Wendy Richard, who has died at the age of 65, had a career on screen stretching back to the 1960s. She appeared alongside comedian Frankie Howerd in bawdy sitcom Up Pompeii.

Wendy Richard in Dad's Army, 1973

She also made appearances in classic comedy Dad's Army, alongside Arthur Lowe in this 1973 episode.

Wendy Richard and Molly Sugden in Are You Being Served?

Richard enjoyed a long run playing ditzy shop assistant Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served, under the watchful eye of her superior Mrs Slocombe (Molly Sugden).

EastEnders, 1985

But her role as Pauline Fowler in EastEnders dominated her career for two decades. In 1985 she and husband Arthur welcomed unexpected arrival Martin.

Pauline Fowler and Kathy Beale

For years, Richard played Pauline Fowler as a downtrodden drudge, often beset by poverty and chained to the launderette.

Pauline Fowler and Lisa

In her latter years in Albert Square, Pauline became a stern matriarch, here giving errant daughter-in-law Lisa a piece of her mind.

The cast of Grace and Favour, 1991

She enjoyed a break from EastEnders in 1991 as the cast of Are You Being Served reunited for spin-off Grace and Favour.

Pauline and Joe's wedding

Pauline enjoyed late happiness with her marriage to Joe. But Richard said this plotline prompted her to leave EastEnders.

Pauline Fowler's death scene

Richard's reign as Pauline finally ended on Christmas Day, 2006. The actress's subsequent work included presenting, and roles in Benidorm and Miss Marple.

Wendy Richard at the British Soap Awards in 2007

Richard's work in EastEnders was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the British Soap Awards in 2007.

Wendy Richard pictured after her wedding to John Burns

In October 2008, Richard married her long-term partner John Burns, shortly after disclosing that she was suffering from terminal cancer.

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