Funeral of EastEnders’ Wendy to be held on Monday

The funeral of the much-loved actress Wendy Richard, who died last month after from cancer, will take place on Monday.

The former EastEnders star, described as one of the greats of British television, passed away in the Harley Street Clinic in London with her husband, John Burns, by her side.

Tributes from across the showbusiness world have poured in for Richard, 65, who will be best remembered as cardigan-wearing matriarch Pauline Fowler in EastEnders – a part she played for 21 years.

Before joining the soap she was already well-established as an actress and had played Miss Brahms in the hit sitcom Are You Being Served?

Richard had fought to overcome cancer twice previously, first in the mid-1990s and then in 2002.

After lengthy treatment her cancer went into remissio,n but last year an aggressive form of the disease returned.

It spread to her kidneys and bones and in October she revealed the cancer was terminal.

She married her long-term partner Mr Burns, her fourth husband, at a star-studded ceremony in London’s Mayfair in October.

The private funeral service will take place in central London.

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