Gwladys Lake was described as an "iconic" character
An actress who was in the original cast of Welsh language soap Pobol y Cwm has died in hospital, aged 87.
Iona Banks, from Trelogan, Flintshire, was Gwladys Lake, the first barmaid in the series made by BBC Wales for S4C.
Pobol y Cwm - or People of the Valley - has been on air since October 1974, making it the longest running BBC soap.
Ms Banks was a founder member of Cwmni Theatr Cymru and appeared in several Willy Russell plays, as well as the 1970s TV series Angels.
She suffered a stroke in the 1990s and had throat cancer later on, but died on Tuesday of an unrelated illness.
Pobol y Cwm executive producer Bethan Jones said the actress played Gwladys Lake with "immense talent".
She added: "Gwladys Lake is a very memorable character, and was prominent in the series for many years.
"She was an iconic character in the Deri Arms."