Charlotte Mitchell obituary

Actor best known for her role as the housekeeper in The Adventures of Black Beauty

Charlotte Mitchell, who has died aged 85 of pneumonia after suffering from breast cancer and myeloma, was best known to television viewers as Amy Winthrop, the housekeeper in The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972-74). She received second billing to the two-legged star of the popular Sunday teatime series, William Lucas, who, as Dr James Gordon – a widowed Gp moving from London to set up a country practice – himself often played second fiddle to the eponymous equine star.

While having her patience tested by the doctor and his children – played by Judi Bowker, Roderick Shaw and, for the second series, Stacy Dorning – Amy served hearty meals, baked cakes and kept the house ship-shape. The Adventures of Black Beauty was an extension, rather than an adaptation, of Anna Sewell's Victorian novel and it benefited from having writers
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