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Home and Away actress Cornelia Frances dies

The British-born actress played the sister of Alf Stewart on the Australian soap.

Ray Meagher, who played her on-screen brother, said: “Cornie was an incredibly loved and valued member of our cast over many, many years.

“We had a moment of silence for her on set this morning and she’ll be sadly missed by both cast and crew.”

Vale #CorneliaFrances. You were always ahead of the game. Will miss your witty banter on-set X

— Lincoln Younes (@lincolnyounes1) 29 May 2018

Home and Away actress Cornelia Frances dies
Home and Away actress Cornelia Frances dies

Channel Seven, which airs the programme, said: “Cornelia Frances was a unique person. Her on screen presence inspired a generation of actors.

“This gift was coupled with an ability to bring a sense of dignity and presence into each room she entered. Her energy and character will be missed.”

Lincoln Younes, who was in Home and Away from 2011 to 2014, tweeted: “#CorneliaFrances. You were always ahead of the game. Will miss your witty banter on-set X.”

Frances also appeared in dramas including Sons and Daughters, The Young Doctors and Prisoner, as well as a role hosting the Australian version of The Weakest Link.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actors Cornelia Frances, Ray Meagher and Judiy Nunn attend Channel Seven's TV Turns 50, The Event That Stopped a Nation, at Star City on September 17, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
Image:Cornelia with her on-screen brother and sister-in-law

In an interview at the start of 2018, Frances revealed she had cancer.

She told Sydney paper the Daily Telegraph she had been diagnosed during a checkup: “I discovered I had bladder cancer.

“This then spread to my hip bone which fractured, and then I almost died from loss of blood due to an ulcer in my throat. Despite all this, I am still here, as the old song goes,” she said.

Born in Liverpool, Frances had been in the entertainment industry for more than half a century following training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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