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  • 23 June 2014, 12:54

Patsy Byrne: Blackadder's 'Nursie' Dies Aged 80

Patsy Byrne, the actress who played Nursie in TV comedy Blackadder, has died aged 80.

She is the second star of the hit 1980s show to die in as many weeks after Rik Mayall, who played Lord Flashheart in the second and fourth series, passed away after a sudden heart failure.

Her death earlier this week was confirmed by staff at Denville Hall, a care home for elderly actors in Hillingdon, northwest London.

Byrne and Mayall worked together during the second series of Blackadder in 1986, with Mayall's character memorably asking Nursie, whose real name was Bernard: "Am I pleased to see you or did I just put a canoe in my pocket?"

Byrne, who was born in Ashford, Kent, went to drama school before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her longest-running TV roles included Betty Hackforth in Miracles Take Longer and Marjorie Stoneway in Watching.

She made one of her last on-screen appearances in the BBC's hospital drama Holby City in 2006.

Fans of Blackadder posted tributes to Byrne on the show's Facebook page.

Thomas Garside wrote: "Very sad loss. Nursie was a brill character played so well by Patsy."

Mandy Wilkes said Byrne's performances made her "howl with laughter", while Graham Curley posted: "Sad news to hear that another great performer has gone and left us. Good night Patsy. RIP."

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