Beloved ‘Crown’ Actress Tragically Passes Away At 66!

Prominent British actress Hadyn Gwynne, known for her remarkable contributions to both screen and stage, has passed away at the age of 66. Gwynne’s untimely demise followed her recent battle with cancer, as confirmed by her agent, Alex Irwin. She peacefully left this world in the early hours of a Friday morning, surrounded by her beloved sons, close family, and friends.

Before achieving widespread recognition in the world of entertainment, Gwynne embarked on a diverse journey that included teaching English in Italy. However, her breakthrough came in the 1990s when she landed a role on the popular sitcom “Drop the Dead Donkey.”

Though her early career showcased her talent, Gwynne’s most iconic roles graced the later years of her acting journey. Her portrayal of Queen Camilla in the royal satire series “The Windsors” and lady-in-waiting Susan Hussey in the acclaimed series “The Crown” earned her a special place in the hearts of viewers. Her versatility as an actress shone through when she starred alongside Helen Mirren in the 2013 play “The Audience,” where she portrayed the formidable Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Helen Mirren, her former co-star and friend, paid a heartfelt tribute to Gwynne, describing her as “a delight as a person and a consummate dedicated actress.” Mirren also highlighted Gwynne’s unique ability to balance humor and seriousness in her roles, a talent that defined her entire career.

Haydn Gwynne (Antony Jones)

Gwynne’s exceptional talent did not go unnoticed, as she received several award nominations throughout her career. Among her accolades, she was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for her role in the musical “Billy Elliot.” Her other Olivier Award nominations recognized her outstanding performances in productions like “The Threepenny Opera,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” and “City of Angels.”

In the wake of her passing, it was revealed that Gwynne had withdrawn from a musical tribute titled “Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends” during rehearsals in September due to “sudden personal circumstances.” The musical’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, expressed his deep admiration for Gwynne, referring to her as “a truly wonderful person, as well as a phenomenally talented actress and singer.” He dedicated the performance scheduled for Friday to honor her memory.

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