Geraldine McEwan's family have announced that the actress died on 30th January 2015 following a stroke she had in October 2014. McEwan was perhaps best known for her role as Agatha Christie's much loved elderly detective Miss Jane Marple, whom she played from 2004-2009 in the ITV series Agatha Christie's Marple.
In a statement, her children Greg and Claudia said, "Following a stroke at the end of October and a period in hospital, Geraldine McEwan passed away peacefully on January 30.
Ms McEwan played the title role in 12 feature length TV films and was very popular in the role. Her quirky touch gave the character a new side, but Geraldine also gave Miss Marple a very keen sense of justice that was true to Agatha Christie's original character. She first played the role in The Body in the Library in 2004 and grew to be highly popular and respected in the role. Her last appearance was in 2009's Nemesis.
Geraldine McEwan had a long career in theatre, film and television and won a BAFTA for Best Actress for the film Oranges are Not the Only Fruit in 1991. She was known for playing Lucia in the original ITV series of Mapp and Lucia, which was recently revived for the BBC starring Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor. She also starred in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Magdalene Sisters, played the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1978 and appeared in Wallace and Grommet and the Curse of the Warerabbit.
Matthew Pritchard, Agatha Christie's grandson, told the Guardian in 2009 that, "I think she brought a humanity and playfulness to the role"
My thoughts and prayers go out to McEwan's family and friends at this sad time.
Here's a clip of Geraldine McEwan in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978)
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