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EastEnders matriarch Lou passes away at 98

By Robert Dex

Actress Anna Wing, who played sharp-tongued EastEnders matriarch Lou Beale, has died aged 98.

The star, who died on Sunday, appeared in the BBC1 soap for three years from its start in 1985. Wing featured in 232 episodes before her character was written out.

She formed a formidable on-screen partnership with fellow actress Gretchen Franklin, who played Ethel Skinner.

She received the MBE in 2009 in recognition of a career that spanned more than six decades of television, film, radio and theatre.

Adam Woodyatt, who plays her grandson Ian Beale, described Wing as "a wonderful lady".

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