Carry On films star Fenella Fielding dies

Former Carry On actress Fenella Fielding has died aged 90, two weeks after she suffered a stroke.
Former Carry On actress Fenella Fielding has died aged 90, two weeks after she suffered a stroke.

Fenella Fielding, a British actress who was the glamorous, velvet-voiced star of the Carry On comedies, has died. She was 90.

Friend Simon McKay said in a statement that Fielding died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier.

Fielding appeared regularly in British stage, screen and television productions from the 1950s. In the 1960s, she starred in three films in the Doctor in the House comedy series and two of the double entendre-laden "Carry On" comedies.

Horror spoof Carry on Screaming in 1966 produced her most iconic role, as the vampish Valeria.

Fielding later lamented being typecast, saying in 2008 that "people still think of me in a certain way because of the Carry On films".

But for her many fans she was an underappreciated legend of British entertainment.

Australian Associated Press