British actress Hilary Heath has died of complications from coronavirus. She was 74.
Heath who is best known for her acting roles in films such as Witchfinder General (1968) and Wuthering Heights (1970) passed away last week after contracting COVID-19, according to her godson, Alex Williams.
“We lost my wonderful Godmother Hilary Heath to Covid-19 last week.” Williams said in a Facebook post.
Born on May 6, 1945, in Liverpool, England, Hilary Dwyer studied ballet and the piano as a child and then appeared as a stage actress for the Bristol Old Vic.
In 1988 she won a CableAce Award for the TV movie The Worst Witch (1986).
Heath is credited as either Producer or Executive Producer for several films, including feature films Criminal Law (1988) and An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), starring Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.
In 1974 she married the talent agent Duncan Heath, with whom she had two children Laura and Daniel, and helped to found Duncan Heath Associates, which later became The Independent Talent Group. The couple divorced in 1989.
Later in her career, under her married name Hilary Heath, she produced the successful feature film An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), as well as TV remakes of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1997) and Tennessee Williams’s The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003).
Her final producing role was the 2014 miniseries Jamaica Inn.
This comes at a time that UK doctors and nurses union issue warning that most of their members lives at risk from lack of protection kit.
“Doctors and nurses treating patients with COVID-19 in Britain are putting their lives at risk because of a lack of protective kit for frontline staff,” their unions warned.