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Mark Kingston obituary

11 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor known for his stage role as Frank in Educating Rita

Mark Kingston, who has died of cancer aged 77, was known as a generous actor who allowed others to shine. In the theatre, he exhibited this best in Willy Russell's Educating Rita, as the university lecturer Frank, who earns extra money by tutoring a brash, earthy Open University student, Rita (played by Julie Walters); as she questions traditional attitudes to learning, Frank begins to reassess them himself. The play was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and first performed in 1980 at the Warehouse, in London, before it transferred to the Piccadilly theatre and won the Society of West End Theatre's award for best comedy.

When Educating Rita was turned into a film, Kingston suffered a frequent irritation for actors – being replaced by a "name" (Michael Caine), while Walters's big-screen career was launched after Russell managed to fight off the »

- Anthony Hayward

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Angela Scoular obituary

14 April 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wuthering Heights star, Bond girl and Leslie Phillips's wife

Angela Scoular, who has died aged 65 after reportedly taking her own life, was known as the wife of the actor Leslie Phillips, but she also had several acting roles of her own that brought her public attention.

She twice played a "Bond girl". First, she took the part of Buttercup, sharing a bath with David Niven as James Bond, in the spoof, "unofficial" release Casino Royale (1966). Then she was the flirtatious farmer's daughter Ruby, bedded by once-only-007 George Lazenby, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), which also featured the former Avenger Diana Rigg and the future New Avenger Joanna Lumley.

Scoular later had a regular role as Lady Agatha Shawcross in You Rang, M'Lord? the "upstairs, downstairs" sitcom set in the 1920s, from the Dad's Army creators Jimmy Perry and David Croft. As the mistress of Lord Meldrum (Donald Hewlett »

- Anthony Hayward

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