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Actress Dulcie Gray dies aged 95

Published 16 November 2011

Stage and screen actress Dulcie Gray has died at the age of 95.

Gray, who found screen fame in the 1980s in drama Howard’s Way, was born in Kuala Lumpur and trained in London at the Webber Douglas Academy in the late 1930s, where she met her husband, actor Michael Denison. They both went on to enjoy successful screen careers, often appearing together in films including The Glass Mountain, There Was A Young Lady and Angels One Five.

On stage, Gray made her debut in 1942 with The Little Foxes, opposite Richard Attenborough. She went on to appear in numerous productions in the West End and for Theatre Royal Bath including Tartuffe, Candida, A Grand Knight Out and The Importance Of Being Earnest. Her partnership with her husband translated to the stage; they appeared in 26 productions together and jointly made their Broadway debut with Peter Hall’s 1996 production of An Ideal Husband. After his death from cancer in 1998, Gray continued to appear on stage, including a 2000 production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

She made her name on television in the 1980s playing Kate Harvey in nautical soap Howard’s Way, and later turned novelist, writing numerous crime books featuring her detective, Inspector Cardiff.

Gray died at Denville Hall residential home for actors.

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