Sylvia Syms Dies at 89; British Actress Was Known for Her Roles in Ice Cold in Alex, Victim, The Queen Among Others


British actor Sylvia Syms, best known for her roles in Ice Cold in Alex and Victim, passed away in London. She was 89. The actor died on Friday, at Denville Hall, a care home in London for the entertainment industry people. According to Deadline, in a statement shared with The Sun, Syms’ family said: “She has lived an amazing life and gave us joy and laughter right up to the end. Just yesterday we were reminiscing together about all our adventures. She will be so very missed.” Gregory Allen Howard Dies at 70: All You Need To Know About Remember the Titans Screenwriter.

Syms’ children, Beatie and Ben Edney, said in a statement. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Denville Hall for the truly excellent care they have taken of our Mum over the past year,” as reported by Variety.

Syms was educated at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In the first phase of her storied career, Syms had significant roles in the British war classic Ice Cold in Alex and the English civil war film The Moonraker, both of which were released in 1958. Syms also acted in Victim (1961), a film that helped towards decriminalising homosexuality in the UK.

Syms received the first of her three BAFTA acting nominations for Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), followed by nods for No Trees in the Street (1959) and The Tamarind Seed (1974). More recently, in Stephen Frears’ The Queen (2006), Syms played Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Helen Mirren who played her daughter Queen Elizabeth II, won an Oscar for her performance, as reported by Variety. Shortly after the end of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s period of office in 1990, Syms portrayed her in Thatcher: The Final Days (1991), a Granada TV film for ITV. She later recreated the role on the stage. Lisa Marie Presley, Song-Writer And Daughter Of Elvis Presley, Dies At 54.

Other notable film roles for Syms include Expresso Bongo (1959), The World of Suzie Wong (1960) and The Quare Fellow (1962). Syms also had a role in the popular British soap ‘EastEnders’ as Olive Woodhouse and starred alongside Cara Delevingne in the short film Timeless. Her most recent role was in the BBC period drama Gentleman Jack (2019) as Mrs Rawson.

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