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Ann Beach obituary

17 March 2017 9:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who made her name with Joan Littlewood and went on to play the nosy neighbour in the 1980s sitcom Fresh Fields

Not many performers have appeared in The Archers on radio, starred opposite Ginger Rogers in a Drury Lane musical, sung in an award-winning children’s choir at the Llangollen Eisteddfod and played Hugh Grant’s mum. But Ann Beach, a resourceful and lovable character actor, who has died aged 78, did all of these things, and more.

Her face may have been most familiar in the mid-1980s television sitcom Fresh Fields, written by John Chapman and starring Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers as a well-off married couple in Barnes, London, learning to cope with empty-nest syndrome; Beach was their nosy neighbour, Sonia Barrett, guaranteed to drop in at tricky moments saying the wrong thing, though she did not overstay her welcome when the series crossed the channel as French Fields in 1991.

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