Star of stage and screen passes away after a long and much celebrated career.

Anna Massey in the 1960 movie ‘Peeping Tom’.

The actress Anna Massey has died at the age of 73, her agent has confirmed.

The award-winning actress was known for a string of high profile roles on stage, television and film. In 2004 Massey was awarded a CBE for her services to drama.

Her first movie, aged 17, was The Reluctant Debutante followed in 1958 by Gideon’s Day. Early television roles for Massey include three separate characters and appearances in Associated Rediffusion series ITV Playhouse dramas. Following these early successes, the actress went on to star in a number of high profile dramas and films.

Amongst her most famous roles were The Pallisers, Hotel du Lac, Mansfield Park, Frenzy and Rebecca. Fans of the The Darling Bud of May, the ITV period drama series, will remember her of Miss Antionette Dupont – the owner of a hotel in France the Larkin family stayed in.

Massey played Margaret Thatcher in the 2006 drama Pinochet in Suburbia. In more recent years the actress appeared in dramas such as Poirot, Kingdom, Midsomer Murders and Lewis. Her last on-screen role was in Jimmy McGovern’s BBC One daytime drama Moving On in 2010.

Anna R. Massey, CBE 11th August 1937 – 3rf July 2011

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