'Carry On' actress Fenella Fielding passes away at 90

Fenella Fielding, known for her 'velvet voice,' had appeared in the Britsh Comedy classics 'Carry On Regardless' (1961) and 'Carry On Screaming!' (1966).


                            'Carry On' actress Fenella Fielding passes away at 90

Former 'Carry On' actor Fenella Fielding has passed away at the age of 90. A spokeswoman for the actor has confirmed the news. Having enjoyed a career in show business that spanned over a record seven decades, the actress suffered a stroke two weeks ago and died on Tuesday. Her appearances in the Carry On franchise happened twice, in two different films - 'Carry On Regardless' (1961) and 'Carry On Screaming!' (1966).

She was also awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s birthday honors list for Services to Drama and Charity.

 

English actress Fenella Fielding, 4th January 1967. (Photo by A. Jones/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
English actress Fenella Fielding, 4th January 1967. (Photo by A. Jones/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In a statement, a spokeswoman said: “We are very sad to announce that Fenella Fielding OBE passed away this afternoon on Tuesday 11 September. This follows a severe stroke two weeks ago. During that time, she has been very comfortable and always looked tranquil and divine. And always wearing her eyelashes! Miss Fielding was an incredible talent. That voice! A unique woman, much loved by family, friends, and fans. She will be missed tremendously.”

Fielding's legions of admirers were mostly for her role as the 'velvet-voiced' Valeria in the British Comedy classic 'Carry On Screaming!' However, her other very remarkable performances enlist TV roles too, including Mrs Leo Hunter in the 1985 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'The Pickwick Papers.'

Her famous voice also landed her a part in the TV show 'The Prisoner,' in 1967. Her co-star on the show, Patrick McGoohan had once said he's asked her to tone down her voice in order for it to not be too sexy. 

 

british stage and television actress Fenella Fielding at Heathrow Airport, London, UK, 23rd September 1968. (Photo by Dove/Daily Express/Getty Images)
british stage and television actress Fenella Fielding at Heathrow Airport, London, UK, 23rd September 1968. (Photo by Dove/Daily Express/Getty Images)

Her stage credits include titular roles in 'Hedda Gabler' and 'Colette.' Her TV appearances in 'Morecambe and Wise Show' as well as playing The Vixen in 'Uncle Jack', are also other credits in her most memorable performance list. Her most recent TV appearance was in 'Skins' in 2012. Speaking about her, a 2007 article in The Independent remarked that it was "one of the mysteries of British life that Fenella Fielding, whose wit and distinctive stage presence captivated figures such as Kenneth Tynan, Noël Coward, and Federico Fellini, should have drifted into obscurity rather than being celebrated."