Haydn Gwynne was a well-known English actress who appeared in a number of television shows and theater productions.
Her most well-known roles were in Drop the Dead Donkey, The Windsors, The Crown, and Billy Elliot the Musical. She died at the age of 66 on October 20, 2023. Here’s everything we know about her death, as well as her life and career.
Haydn Gwynne Cause of Death
Haydn Gwynne died in a hospital from cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. She had only recently been diagnosed with the disease and withdrew from a West End show due to her illness.
Below is the official Pop Crave tweet:
Haydn Gwynne, known for her roles in ‘The Windsors,’ ‘Peak Practice’ and ‘The Crown,’ has died aged 66. pic.twitter.com/joDORrtrv0
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 20, 2023
It is with great sadness that we share with you that, following her recent diagnosis with cancer, the star of stage and screen Haydn Gwynne died in hospital in the early hours of Friday, 20. She was surrounded by her beloved sons, close family, and friends, her agent said in a statement. We would like to express our gratitude to the professionals and colleagues at the Royal Marsden and Brompton Hospitals for their excellent care over the last few weeks.
Haydn Gwynne’s cancer type was never revealed to the public. Based on her symptoms and treatment, some outlets thought that it could have been ovarian cancer.
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Life and Career A Versatile and Acclaimed Performer
Haydn Gwynne was born in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, on May 10, 1957. She studied English and Italian at Nottingham University before working as a teacher in Italy and London. She also attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied classical singing.
In the late 1980s, she began her acting career in TV series such as Nice Work and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. She gained prominence in 1990 when she was cast as Alex Pates, a caustic and clever journalist, in Channel 4’s comedy series Drop the Dead Donkey. In 1994, she was nominated for a BAFTA for her performance.
She later appeared in television shows such as Peak Practice, Merseybeat, Rome, The Windsors, and The Crown. She played a variety of roles, including a doctor, a Roman noblewoman, and a royal consort. She also starred in The Pleasure Principle, Remember Me?, and Hunky Dory.
Haydn Gwynne, on the other hand, was a prolific and respected theater performer who garnered numerous honors and nominations for her performances in musicals and plays. She made her West End debut in City of Angels in 1994, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination.
She also appeared in Ziegfeld, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Threepenny Opera, and Billy Elliot the Musical, among others. In London and New York, she got Olivier and Tony Award nominations for her performance as Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy Elliot’s dance teacher.
She also starred in The Audience, in which she played Margaret Thatcher alongside Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth II; The Way of the World, in which she played Lady Wishfort; When Winston Went to War With the Wireless; and The Great British Bake Off Musical. Her flexibility, charisma, and comedic timing were all lauded.
Tributes to A Beloved and Respected Colleague
After Haydn Gwynne’s passing, numerous members of the entertainment industry conveyed their sorrow and admiration for her.
Shocked by the news that Haydn Gwynne has died. So young, so talented. I’d know her for over 30 yrs. We never worked together but I saw her in so many shows & we always chatted when we met. A sad day. There’ll be a bright star in heaven tonight. RIP dear Haydn. pic.twitter.com/4GUYmcq8uD
— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) October 20, 2023
Her co-stars from Drop the Dead Donkey, The Windsors, The Crown, and Billy Elliot the Musical were among those in attendance. Stephen Mangan, who portrayed Dan Ashcroft in Drop the Dead Donkey, tweeted, “Haydn Gwynne was one of my favorite co-stars.
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