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British Blackadder actress Patsy Byrne dies aged 80

Published on Jun 22, 2014 9:53 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Patsy Byrne, who played Nursie in the popular British television comedy Blackadder, has died aged 80 – the second star from the cult 1980s series to die in a fortnight, after Rik Mayall’s sudden death.

Denville Hall, a north-west London care home for elderly actors, said Byrne died on Tuesday.

Her death came eight days after that of Mayall, who died aged 56 from a sudden heart failure following a run.

Byrne played Nursie – Queen Elizabeth I’s bonkers former nanny, whose real name was Bernard – in Blackadder II.

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