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Actress who voiced Lady Penelope dies aged 88

By Scott D'Arcy

Thunderbirds co-creator Sylvia Anderson, best known for voicing Lady Penelope in the hit TV show, has died aged 88.

Ms Anderson created the Supermarionation puppet series with husband Gerry.

She died at her home in Buckinghamshire following a short illness, her daughter Dee Anderson confirmed.

"Sylvia was a mother and a legend - her intelligence was phenomenal but her creativity and tenacity unchallenged," her daughter added.

"She was a force in every way, and will be sadly missed."

Gerry Anderson died in 2012 aged 83 after suffering with Alzheimer's disease.

As well as voicing Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in Thunderbirds from its debut in 1965 until 1968, Sylvia worked on Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and Stingray.

Born in south London to a boxing champion and a dressmaker, she went on to have a career in TV spanning five decades.

She recently worked as head of programming for HBO in the UK and had been writing a show with her daughter entitled The Last Station.

Ms Anderson said her mother had a "creativity and genuine love for her characters" that touched fans around the world.

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