‘Well loved stage and TV actress’ Patricia Brake dies, age 79

May 31, 2022
'Porridge' actress Patricia Brake, dies, age 79. Source: Getty

British actress Patricia Brake, well known for her role as Ronnie Barker’s daughter, Ingrid Fletcher, in BBC’s sitcom Porridge, has died, aged 79.

The sitcom star acted in a range of popular shows, including Eastenders, Eldorado and Coronation Street.

Brake’s agent, Scott Marshall Partners, announced the actress had passed after a “long battle” with illness.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our client and well-loved stage and TV actress, Patricia Brake, at the age of 79, after a very long battle with cancer,” the announcement read.

Brake was born in Bath, England, to Doreen and Victor Brake, a butcher, and had aspired to be an actress from a young age, attending the Bristol Old Vic theatre school at 16 years old before starting her career at Salisbury Playhouse.

The actress, who would have turned 80 next month, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962, performing alongside the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Dame Diana Rigg in Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Brake’s preference for acting in television saw her working alongside acclaimed comedians such as Barker and Ronnie Corbett, known as The Two Ronnies.

Fans of the actress took to social media to share their condolences.

Brake’s marriage to actor Robert McBain in 1966, ended in divorce. She went on to marry Michael Kennedy in 1997.

Brake is survived by her children with McBain, Jon and Hannah, and her three step-children Angus, Sarah and Gavin.

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