Charlotte Cornwall, the half-sister of late author John le Carre, has sadly died at the age of 71.
Cornwell is said to have died following a cancer battle on January 16, a little over a month after le Carre’s death aged 89.
An accomplished actress, Cornwell was best known for starring in the 1970s TV series Rock Follies, in which she played a member of the fictional Little Ladies pop group alongside Rula Lenska and Julie Covington.
The series also enjoyed success on the music charts as the soundtrack knocked Status Quo off the number one spot. The show won three won Baftas and proved to be a hit overseas.
Opening up about her career, Cornwell once said: ‘I’ve always felt embarrassed about the way I fell into acting because everyone I know wanted to do it from a frighteningly early age.’
However, she was inspired by sound advice from her famous older brother – born David Cornwell: ‘I was completely directionless until he sat me down and said “Come on, sis, what are you going to do? I think you’re creative, have you ever thought about acting?”‘
Cornwell was the muse for Le Carre’s iconic 1983 spy novel The Little Drummer Girl and campaigned for her to win a part in the movie adaptation.
‘But they got Diane Keaton instead, which was about as silly a piece of casting as you could wish,’ he once lamented.
Cornwell was also familiar with the theatre boards and began at the Bristol Old Vic before becoming a lead actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company for three years. From there, she went on to join the National Theatre.
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