RIP Dame Angela Lansbury

To millions across the globe, she will be remembered as Jessica Fletcher, the amateur sleuth from the hit US TV series Murder, She Wrote. But to Sondheim fans, she will likely be best remembered as the definitive Mrs Lovett - a role enjoyed by countless newcomers to Sweeney Todd thanks to the original Broadway cast recording with Len Cariou as Todd.


Dame Angela died peacefully at her sleep, just five days before her 97th birthday.


Her career spanned eight decades and won her ciritical and popular acclaim, as well as an Honorary Academy Award, three Academy nominations (The Manchurian Candidate (1962), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) and Gaslight (1944), 18 Emmy nominations, six Golden Globes, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild and the Television Critics Association Awards.