Actress Sheila Steafel dies aged 84 after bravely battling leukemia

Actress Sheila Steafel dies aged 84 after bravely battling leukemia as her agent mourns loss of ‘comedy giant’ who worked with David Frost

  • Miss Steafel starred in David Frost’s 1960s sketch show, The Frost Report
  • She also appeared in Dave Allen At Large and The Kenny Everett Television Show 
  • Her agent said: ‘Very sadly I can officially confirm that our multi-talented client Sheila Steafel has passed away’

Her agent said Sheila Steafel ‘was a comedy giant, and she will be hugely missed’

Comic actress Sheila Steafel has died aged 84.

Renowned for her unbeatable comic timing, Sheila Steafel graced stages, television and radio over several decades.

A star of David Frost’s 1960s sketch show, The Frost Report, Miss Steafel entertained audiences in many roles.

She also appeared in Dave Allen At Large, The Kenny Everett Television Show and Sykes.

She went on to front one-woman shows at the Edinburgh festival and London theatres and also acted in her own self-titled Channel 4 programme.

Her agent, Barry Langford, announced her death on Twitter and said how much she would be missed. 

He wrote: ‘Very sadly I can officially confirm that our multi-talented client Sheila Steafel has passed away after bravely battling leukemia.

‘Sheila was a comedy giant, and she will be hugely missed.’

Miss Steafel had been married to actor Harry H. Corbett, who played Harold Steptoe in Steptoe and Son, from 1958 to 1964.

As a talented impressionist, radio listeners of the 1970s and 1980s came to know her as the voice of many characters on Radio 4 satirical show Week Ending, including imitating Margaret Thatcher and Shirley Williams.

Speaking about her in a past interview, writer and comedian Barry Cryer, described her as ‘hilarious’, adding: ‘She had them rolling in the aisles.’

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