Gwyneth Powell, the legendary British actress who played the headmistress, Mrs. McClusky, in the BBC series Grange Hill, has passed away on Thursday, September 8, in Brighton, England. The news of her death was confirmed by her supervisor, Matthew Lacey, through an official statement.
Powell is best known for playing the character of the headmistress Bridget McClusky in Grange Hill for eleven consecutive seasons between 1981 and 1991. She also appeared on the Channel 4 comedy show Man Down. The late British actress was 76 years old at the time of her death.
Keep reading this article to learn more about Gwyneth Powell, her career background, cause of death and more!
Who was Gwyneth Powell?
Gwyneth Powell was a popular English actress, best known for her performance as headmistress Bridget McClusky in the BBC series Grange Hill. She was born on July 5, 1946 in Manchester, England.
Gwyneth attended Cheadle County Grammar School for Girls. She also trained as a teacher at Goldsmiths, University of London, but decided to act in repertory theatre. Powell got married to fellow actor Alan Leith in 1971.
More about her career background
Powell started her acting career in the industry with a role in the 1971 London Weekend Television dystopian drama series “The Guardians.”
She got continuous work and appeared in a series of TV dramas, but her career was accelerated after being cast as headmistress, Bridget McClusky, in the BBC’s children’s series Grange Hill. She portrayed this character for eleven seasons between 1981 and 1991, until she requested to be written out in order to pursue other roles.
The late actress then went on to appear in Holby City, A Contact of Frost, Heartbeat and Father Brown. Her appearance on Greg Davies’s Channel 4 comedy show Man Down in 2013 is counted as a very memorable one. Powell’s most recent appearance was in an episode of Not Going Out earlier in 2022.
How did Gwyneth Powell die? Cause of death explained
Gwyneth Powell’s cause of death was revealed by her representative, Matthew Lacey, on behalf of her family members. She confirmed the cause of death of the late actress in an official statement.
According to the statement, Gwyneth died last Thursday, on September 8, in Brighton, East Sussex, England at 76 years of age “after complications following a major operation for a perforated colon”.
“Gwyneth passed away peacefully, with her beloved husband (Alan Leith) and niece at her bedside. She will be greatly missed by her adoring family members and friends, along with all her fans from her multiple TV appearances,” it said.
The news of the Grange Hill actress’s sudden demise has left all her admirers in grief and deep pain. Following her death, social media platforms have been flooded with posts about the late actress.
Tributes pour in for Gwyneth Powell
BBC Children’s and Education Director, Patricia Hidalgo, paid her tribute to the legendary actress. She said, “We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Gwyneth Powell. Her famous portrayal of Mrs. McClusky is something that will be fondly remembered by all those that grew up watching Grange Hill.” “Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time,” she added.
His former co-star, Lee MacDonald, who played the role of Zammo McGuire in Grange Hill, also paid tribute to her on his Twitter handle. Sharing his condolences to his former co-star, MacDonald wrote, “So sad to hear about the loss of Gwyneth Powell, AKA Mrs. McClusky. What a wonderful lady she was and will be missed by so many. She was a massive part of my childhood. Sleep well, Gwyneth Powell.”
We also express our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the Legendary British actress, Gwyneth Powell. She will always remain alive through her work and her legacy will remain forever. May God let her departed soul rest in eternal peace. Keep visiting the website regularly for all the latest updates from across the world.