BBC Grange Hill actress Gwyneth Powell dies aged 76, her agent confirms

Gwyneth Powell, who appeared on BBC show Grange Hill, has died aged 76, her agent has confirmed.

The actress played Headmistress Bridget McClusky between 1981 and 1991 and you may also know her from the Channel 4 comedy show Man Down.

In a statement on behalf of her family, her representative Matthew Lacey said Powell died “after complications following major surgery for a perforated colon.”

She died in Brighton last Thursday. The statement added: “She died peacefully with her husband (Alan Leith) and niece by her bedside.

“Gwyneth will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends along with her many fans from multiple television appearances.”

Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gwyneth Powell.

“Her famous portrayal of Mrs. McClusky will be fondly remembered by all who grew up with Grange Hill.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”

Born in Manchester on July 5, 1946, Powell landed her first major television role in The Guardians, London Weekend Television’s dystopian drama series.

She had regular work and appeared in television dramas, with her career accelerating after she was cast Grange Hilla children’s series about life in a comprehensive school.

After playing school principal Bridget McClusky for a decade, she asked to be written out of the series so she could try other roles.

Powell also appeared in Heartbeat, Holby City and Father Brown, and Man Down.

Gwyneth Powell was married to actor Alan Leith. BBC Grange Hill actress Gwyneth Powell dies aged 76, her agent confirms

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