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Janet Brown

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Television impressionist Janet Brown with television comic and film actor Peter Butterworth

Television impressionist Janet Brown with television comic and film actor Peter Butterworth

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Janet Brown

Actress and comic Janet Brown, best known for her impersonations of Margaret Thatcher, died yesterday.

The 87-year-old passed away in her sleep in a nursing home in Hove, East Sussex, after a short illness.

In a career going back to the 1930s, she worked with stars including Hughie Green, Tony Hancock and George Cole.

She is best remembered for portraying the former Prime Minister on television in the 1970s and 1980s and also played the Iron Lady in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.

The Scottish-born star was married to Carry On actor Peter Butterworth until his death in 1979 and leaves a son and grandson.

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