Actress Sue Lloyd, who was best known for her role as Barbara Hunter in the ITV soap Crossroads as well as appearing in a host of other shows, has died aged 72.

The cause of her death was not revealed, but her niece Joanna Mitchell told the Daily Telegraph that the actress had been in poor health for a number of years.

She described her aunt – who worked with stars including Michael Caine and Peter Sellers – as “gregarious” and added “she got on with everybody she met”.

Sue began her career as a dancer and model before turning to the small screen in the 1960s and 70s, appearing in some of the best known shows of the era including The Persuaders, The Two Ronnies, Jason King and The Saint.

She also starred in a number of movies, most notably appearing alongside Michael Caine in The Ipcress File, before joining Crossroads in 1979.

Her character, Barbara Brady, later became Barbara Hunter after she married David Hunter, played by actor Ronald Allen – and their romance spilled over into real life when they began dating.

The pair remained together long after the motel-set soap was axed in 1988, eventually tying the knot in 1991, but sadly Ronald died from lung cancer just a few months after their wedding.

After his death Sue moved away from the limelight to focus on a career in painting, but continued to make the occasional TV appearance, most notably in the hit sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.