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Jill Gascoine British actress dies at 83

British actress Jill Gascoine dies at 83

Jill Gascoine British actress
Jill Gascoine British actress

British actress Jill Gascoine, known for her roles in such TV dramas as The Gentle Touch and The Onedin Line, has died at the age of 83.

In the 1980s she played Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in ITV’s The Gentle Touch, the first British police drama with a woman in the main role.

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British actress continued playing the character in spin-off C.A.T.S. Eyes, and was Letty Onedin in The Onedin Line in the 1970s.

She died after a long illness, her family told BBC News.

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Her second husband was fellow actor Alfred Molina, who in 2016 confirmed his wife was “in a very advanced stage” of Alzheimer’s disease.

British actress was Born in London in 1937 and started out in theatre before landing roles in such TV series as Z Cars, Dixon of Dock Green and Rooms.

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She also appeared in saucy comedy Confessions of a Pop Performer opposite Robin Askwith, who remembered her on Twitter as being “terrific in every way“.

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