The family of Angharad Rees (McAlpine) are deeply saddened to announce that Angharad passed away on the 21st July 2012 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Angharad was a leading Welsh actress who received much critical praise and several awards during her career. She first appeared on screen in 1969 in “The Way We Live Now” and she was well known for her television role of Demelza in the BBC drama series “Poldark”. Her career includes film and television roles in “Under Milk Wood”, “Moments” (with Keith Michell, nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ award), Dennis Potter’s “Joe’s Ark”, cult classic “Hands of the Ripper”, “As You Like It”, “Robin Hood”, “Remmington Steel”, “Jane Eyre”, “Love Story” and “Little Girl In Blue Velvet”. Angharad had an extensive theatre career on the West End Stage, including “A Winter’s Tale”, “Richard II”, “Romeo and Juliet” “Hamlet”, John Osbourne’s “A Picture of Dorian Gray”, and “An Ideal Husband”. In radio, she won Prix Italia for “Florent and the Tuxedo Millions” in 1982 and was nominated for Best Actress in Radio in 1985.
In addition to her acting success, Angharad founded her eponymous award-winning jewellery design company based in Knightsbridge. Her jewellery was featured in the film “Elizabeth, The Golden Age”.
Angharad was married to the late actor Christopher Cazenove from 1973 to 1994 and was devoted to her two sons – Linford, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1999 aged 26, and Rhys (35), who survives her. In 2005 she married David McAlpine, whom she adored and they lived happily together in London.
She was an active supporter of the arts ranging from theatre, music, to product design and art, and she helped and supported many people in these fields over the years. She is an Honorary Fellow of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
The family would be grateful for privacy from third parties at this sad time and ask that any enquiries be directed to Thomas Rhys Grady 07973717492.
We would like to thank you for your support and custom over the years.