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Louie Ramsay obituary

15 March 2011 1:31 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor known for her role as Dora, the wife of Inspector Wexford in the popular TV series

Louie Ramsay, who has died aged 81, was a dynamic musical comedy actor who became a dramatic linchpin of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic and then found wider fame as Dora Wexford, the wife of Inspector Wexford, in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, starring George Baker, who became Louie's second husband.

She was noted for her warmth, elegance and sense of humour, describing herself as a small woman with a big voice – the loudest in the chorus, said Mary Martin, whom she understudied as Nellie Forbush in the West End premiere of South Pacific. She also convinced Rendell that she should make her role in Wexford less passive: in one of the 23 episodes, screened between 1987 and 2000, Dora became the target of environmental terrorists and was taken hostage.

Louie was born in Molteno, »

- Michael Coveney

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