Angela Thorne has died aged 84.

Angela Thorne has died aged 84

Angela Thorne has died aged 84

Best known for starring in ‘To The Manor Born’, and the mum of actor Laurence Penry-Jones, the acting veteran passed away peacefully at her home, it was announced on Monday. (19.06.23)

A statement from her son Rupert said: “The actress Angela Thorne died peacefully at her home on the 16th of June. She was 84 years old.

“She was the beloved wife of Peter Penry Jones, and is survived by her two sons Rupert and Laurie Penry Jones and her grandchildren, Florence, Peter, Giorgio and Delilah.

“We will all miss her very much.”

Angela played Marjory Frobisher in the BBC’s ‘To The Manor Born’ sitcom opposite Penelope Keith from 1979 to 1981 as well as appearing in a string of long-running TV shows including ‘Midsomer Murders’.

Highlights of her career included being nominated for an Olivier Award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in TV movie ‘Anyone for Denis?’

Angela is also known for her roles in ‘The Human Factor’, ‘North Sea Hijack’, ‘The BFG’ and ‘Cold Comfort Farm’.

Her acting career began with the Caryl Jenner Children’s Theatre and she later appeared in ‘Night Must Fall’ at the Theatre Royal in Windsor.

She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a scholarship and later performed in repertory seasons.

Her other credits include 1980s BBC One sitcom ‘Three Up, Two Down’, police drama ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Elizabeth R’, which starred the late Glenda Jackson, who died on 15 June aged 87.

In 2013, Angela also appeared in a stage adaptation of Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 black comedy ‘The Ladykillers’ alongside Ralf Little, Simon Day and John Gordon Sinclair.

Angela married Peter Penry-Jones in 1967 and they had two sons.

They also acted alongside each other in ‘To the Manor Born’, and the actress was left devastated when he died in 2009 after a long bowel cancer fight.

Born in Karachi, British India, in 1939, to William and teacher Sylvia, Angela lived in India for the first five years of her life.

In 2010, she and her son Rupert were featured in an episode of the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ which saw the actress discover her dad William had served with the Indian Medical Corps at the Battle of Monte Cassino.