Charlotte Cornwell dead: The Rock Follies star died aged 71 after a battle with cancer … a month after the death of her half-brother John le Carré
Actress Charlotte Cornwell has died at the age of 71 following a battle with cancer. She died on January 16.
The TV and film actress will undoubtedly be remembered for her role in the BAFTA-winning television series Rock Follies, a drama about an all-female fictional pop group’s attempts to achieve fame.
Charlotte starred as Anna Wynd alongside Rula Lenska as Q and Julie Covington as Dee in the Little Ladies ‘Show in the’ 70s.
Charlotte Cornwell dead: The Rock Follies star died aged 71 after battling cancer … a month after the death of her half-brother John le Carré (pictured by Rock Follies in 1977)
Her death comes just a month after her half-brother, spy author John le Carré – turned 89 after falling ill with pneumonia.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy author John based the main character of his 1983 novel The Little Drummer Girl on Charlotte.
He had also wanted to play his sister in his book movie and was disappointed when Diane Keaton took on the role instead.
Charlotte once said of John: “ I’ve always felt embarrassed about how I fell into the business because everyone I know wanted to do it from a very young age.
“I was completely without direction until he made me sit down and said, ‘Come on, sister, what are you going to do? I think you’re creative, have you ever thought about playing “?
In response, she decided to take a place at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
She continued to work with the Bristol Old Vic company and won a role as Sally Potter in the Stardust music.
Born in London, Charlotte was the daughter of Ronnie Cornwell, a man who served time in prison for fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses, and her mother Jean.
Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Nancy Cranham, 39, from her relationship with actor Kenneth Cranham.
Brotherly love: John le Carré, 89, died in Cornwall in December following a short battle with pneumonia