Blackadder star Patsy Byrne dies aged 80

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 June 2014
Patsy Byrne

Patsy Byrne

'Blackadder' star Patsy Byrne - most famous for her role as Nursie in the iconic sitcom - has died, aged 80 and the show's official Facebook page has paid tribute to an "amazing actor"

'Blackadder' actress Patsy Byrne has died aged 80.

The veteran star - who played Nursie in the second series of the iconic comedy - passed away on June 17 at Denville Hall retirement home in London.

The official 'Blackadder' Facebook page is among those who have paid tribute to the late actress - who died less than a month after her co-star Rik Mayall - describing her as an "amazing" talent.

The page said: "Very saddened to hear that Blackadder has lost another amazing actor.

"RIP Patsy Byrne AKA Nursie AKA Bernard. You and Flashheart can flirt for an eternity now."

Although most famous for her role in 'Blackadder II', Patsy had a varied career both on stage and television.

As well as roles in Liverpool-based show 'Watching', and 'David Copperfield', she also appeared on children's programme 'Playdays', and her last credit was 'Holby City' in 2006.

However, it is her performances as clueless but loyal Nursie - whose real name was Bernard - which will be best remembered by fans.

She grew up in Ashford, Kent, attending Ashford School for Girls and then drama school before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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