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TV actress Pauline Yates dies at 85

Actress Pauline Yates, who was a familiar face to millions of TV viewers for roles in shows such as The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, has died at the age of 85.

The star - who was married to fellow actor Donald Churchill for more than three decades - was best known for her portrayal of unflappable Mrs Perrin in the BBC sitcom, opposite Leonard Rossiter as her husband Reggie.

Her family said today that the actress "died peacefully in her sleep" yesterday at the actors' home Denville Hall in Northwood, north west London.

She took guest roles in many shows throughout the 1960s, including TV staples such as Armchair Theatre, Z Cars and Dixon Of Dock Green.

Yates was born in St Helens, Lancashire, and made her stage debut at the age of 17, performing at Oldham Rep, then moving to London and getting her TV break in 1957 with a role in the popular drama Emergency Ward 10.

Also known by her married name of Pauline Churchill, she went on to have another recurring sitcom role in ITV series Keep It In The Family, as the wife of glove puppet-wearing cartoonist Dudley Rush (played by Robert Gillespie).

A statement released on behalf of her family said: "But her best role, and the one she considered most important, was as a dedicated mother to her two daughters, Jemma and Polly, and loving grandmother to Marlon, Dylan and Adelaide."

Her daughter Jemma is also an actress, while Polly is a playwright and screenwriter.

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