EastEnders pays tribute after star dies aged 89

EastEnders has paid tribute to Sylvia Syms following her death at the age of 89.

The film star played dressmaker Olive Woodhouse, a friend of Peggy Mitchell, in the BBC One soap, making four appearances across a three-year period, between 2007 and 2010.

‘We are deeply saddened to hear that Sylvia Syms has passed away,’ the official EastEnders account wrote on social media.

‘Our love and thoughts are with Sylvia’s family and friends.’

Sylvia died peacefully’ early on Friday (January 27) at Denville Hall, a care home in London for those in the entertainment industry.

Her children said the actress, who played the Queen Mother opposite Helen Mirren as Her Majesty in the 2006 film The Queen, ‘lived an amazing life.’

A statement from Beatie and Ben Edney announcing the sad news read: ‘Our mother, Sylvia, died peacefully this morning. She has lived an amazing life and gave us joy and laughter right up to the end.

We are deeply saddened to hear that Sylvia Syms has passed away. Our love and thoughts are with Sylvia’s family and friends. https://t.co/VkjqDY0W8t

‘Just yesterday we were reminiscing together about all our adventures. She will be so very missed.

‘We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Denville Hall for the truly excellent care they have taken of our mum over the past year.’

Sylvia appeared in numerous TV shows and films over the years, and is perhaps best known for her work as Sister Diana in the 1958 war movie Ice Cold In Alex, which chronicled the Western Desert campaign during World War II.

The Doctor Who actress also appeared in Casualty and Holby City and played three different characters in BBC Daytime soap Doctors.

Her final TV appearance was in Gentleman Jack, where she played Mrs Rawson.

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