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Actress Patricia Brake dies aged 79 after battle with cancer

Actress Patricia Brake who starred as Ronnie Barker’s on-screen daughter in Porridge and appeared in Coronation Street, EastEnders and Eldorado dies aged 79 after ‘very long’ battle with cancer

  • Patricia Brake, renowned for her roles on British television, has died aged 79 
  • It comes following the actress’ ‘very long battle with cancer’, her agent has said
  • The star’s son Jon McBain tweeted to confirm his mother’s death on Saturday  

Actress Patricia Brake, who starred as Ronnie Barker’s on-screen daughter in sitcom Porridge, has died aged 79 after a ‘very long battle with cancer’, her agent said.

The soap stalwart played recurring roles in EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale across a career spanning six decades.

In a statement on Twitter, agent Scott Marshall Partners said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our client and well-loved stage and TV actress, Patricia Brake, at the age of 79, after a very long battle with cancer.’

This was also confirmed by her son Jon McBain, who on Saturday tweeted: ‘I can confirm that my mother, the actress Patricia Brake, died earlier today at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer.’

Brake, who would have turned 80 years old next month, became well-known after playing Barker’s on-screen daughter Ingrid Fletcher in BBC sitcom Porridge in the 1970s.

Actress Patricia Brake (pictured in 2014), who starred as Ronnie Barker’s on-screen daughter in sitcom Porridge, has died aged 79 after a ‘very long battle with cancer’, her agent said

Brake, who would have turned 80 years old next month, became well-known after playing Barker’s on-screen daughter Ingrid Fletcher in BBC sitcom Porridge in the 1970s

The soap stalwart played recurring roles in EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale across a career spanning six decades. Pictured in Coronation Street with Johnny Briggs in 2005

She reprised the role in Going Straight, alongside cast members Richard Beckinsale and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Over the years, Brake worked with world-renowned comedians Barker and Ronnie Corbett, known as The Two Ronnies, along with duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

Throughout her career other TV roles included ITV’s Manhunt, The Glums and Midsomer Murders, as well as the BBC’s Doctors, Eldorado, Holby City and Casualty.

Jimmy Edwards and Patricia Brake The Glums. Throughout her career other TV roles included ITV’s Manhunt, The Glums and Midsomer Murders, as well as the BBC’s Doctors, Holby City and Casualty

Pictured: Tony Osoba, Patricia Brake and Christopher Biggins attending the launch of Porridge: Inside Out in 2014

Throughout her career other TV roles included ITV’s Manhunt, The Glums and Midsomer Murders, as well as the BBC’s Doctors, Eldorado, Holby City and Casualty. Pictured in Coronation Street in 2005

Born in Bath, Brake studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962.

There, she played Hermia in Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, alongside Dame Judi Dench and Dame Diana Rigg.

The classic TV star’s first marriage was to Robert McBain – an actor – in 1966. She then went on to marry Michael Kennedy in 1997. 

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