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published : 2023-10-21

The Crown Actress Haydn Gwynne, Beloved Star of Stage and Screen, Passes Away at 66

British actress Haydn Gwynne died on Friday following a battle with cancer

Renowned British actress Haydn Gwynne, the beloved star of stage and screen, photographed during a captivating performance in 'The Crown'. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Renowned British actress Haydn Gwynne, best known for her remarkable performances in both film and theater, has passed away at the age of 66. Her death comes after a courageous battle with cancer.

Gwynne, who recently received a devastating cancer diagnosis, peacefully passed away in the early hours of Friday morning. She was surrounded by her beloved sons, close family, and friends, according to her agent Alex Irwin.

Born with an undeniable talent and a passion for the arts, Gwynne's journey to stardom began with humble beginnings. Before capturing the hearts of audiences worldwide, she taught English in Italy and honed her skills on the sitcom 'Drop the Dead Donkey' in the '90s.

Haydn Gwynne, the versatile British actress, beautifully portrays Queen Camilla in the royal satire 'The Windsors'. (Taken with Nikon D850)

However, Gwynne's most memorable roles came later in her career. She portrayed Queen Camilla in the royal satire 'The Windsors' and brought Lady-in-Waiting Susan Hussey to life in the acclaimed series 'The Crown'.

One of Gwynne's standout performances was alongside the legendary Helen Mirren in the 2013 play 'The Audience', where she portrayed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Mirren, deeply affected by Gwynne's passing, expressed her admiration, stating, 'Haydn was a delight as a person and a consummate dedicated actress. She was both funny and serious at the same time, a brilliant balancing act that her whole career exemplified. We will miss her very much.'

Throughout her illustrious career, Gwynne's talent was widely recognized and celebrated. She received several award nominations, including an Olivier Award and a Tony nomination for her outstanding role in the musical 'Billy Elliot'. Her brilliance shone through in other notable productions such as 'The Threepenny Opera', 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown', and 'City of Angels'.

Helen Mirren, the legendary actress, shares a heartwarming moment with Haydn Gwynne during their acclaimed play 'The Audience'. (Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III)

Tragically, Gwynne was unable to fulfill her commitment to appear in 'Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends' due to unexpected personal circumstances. However, the musical producer, Cameron Mackintosh, paid tribute to Gwynne, describing her as 'a truly wonderful person, as well as a phenomenally talented actress and singer'.

As we bid farewell to this extraordinary talent, let us remember Haydn Gwynne for her immense contributions to the world of entertainment. Her powerful performances, unwavering dedication, and unmistakable charisma will continue to inspire generations to come.

Rest in peace, Haydn Gwynne.