Final curtain for show-woman Cressida

Sheffield actress Sheelagh Kate Spencer - who used the stage name Cressida Falcon - has died
Sheffield actress Sheelagh Kate Spencer - who used the stage name Cressida Falcon - has died
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AN ACTRESS from Sheffield who appeared in cult TV series Skins has died aged 84.

Sheelagh Kate Spencer, who used the stage name Cressida Falcon, appeared in the first series of the youth TV show as a ‘dotty old lady in a residential home’.

She was also in an episode of How Not to Live Your Life on BBC3 and had other television walk-on parts, plus roles in TV commercials.

In Sheffield she appeared in plays at The Crucible theatre and regularly at The Lantern theatre in Nether Edge, as part of Miller’s Modern Music Hall act with which she was involved for 10 years.

She first joined the troupe in 2002 and, within eight weeks, had appeared in its first production and went on to star in over 30 more.

Duncan Miller, director of Miller’s Modern Music Hall, said Cressida was ‘an integral part’ of the act.

“She was one of those people who really took on something when she had an audience in front of her,” said Duncan.

“It was as if something in the theatre floorboards lit her up - her entire face was alight with being that character.

“She was well-loved by her audiences and was commented on particularly. People always looked forward to her being on stage, which is a tribute to her dedication.”

Mrs Spencer and her husband Tony, of Harvey Clough Road, Norton Lees, married in 1972 and would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on March 18.

Sheelagh, originally from Manchester, began her working life as a journalist, rising to become beauty editor at True Story magazine in London. She moved to Sheffield 25 years ago while Tony, a civil servant, carried on working in London until 2000.

He said his wife had a large local fan club and would often be recognised.

The funeral will be held this Thursday at 2.30pm, at St James’ Church in Norton.