‘Home and Away’ actor Cornelia Frances dies aged 77

The British-born soap star passed away following a battle with cancer

 Actor Cornelia Frances poses for a photograph in February 2010. Frances has died at the age of 77. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

Actor Cornelia Frances poses for a photograph in February 2010. Frances has died at the age of 77. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

 

British-born actor Cornelia Frances, best-known for her role in Australian soap Home and Away, has died aged 77.

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

After moving to Australia, she became a stalwart of the small screen, starring as Morag Bellingham on Home and Away, as well as hosting the Australian version of The Weakest Link.

Ray Meagher, who played Frances’s on-screen brother Alf Stewart, 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.”

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.”

Her career also saw her take on roles in dramas including Sons and Daughters, The Young Doctors and Prisoner.

In an interview at the start of the year, Frances revealed she was battling cancer.

She told Sydney paper the Daily Telegraph that 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. – PA