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Poldark actress Angharad Rees dies leaving £2.1m in her will

Welsh actress Angharad Rees has left just over £2.1m in her will, it has been revealed.

The Poldark star was 68 when she died last summer after a brave battle against pancreatic cancer.

She became one the best known faces of the 1970s for her role as spirited servant Demelza who married tin mine owner Ross Poldark in the 1970s BBC costume drama Poldark, set in Cornwall.

A Downton Abbey of its day, around 15m viewers tuned into the Sunday evening story about love and greed set against sweeping seascapes.

The series was adapted from the novels of Winston Graham.

The 29-episode series was one of the most successful ever British television adaptations and was sold to more than 40 countries around the world.

Rees, who grew up in Rhiwbina Cardiff, had two sons – Linford and Rhys – from her marriage to the Dynasty star Christopher Cazenove, which ended in divorce in 1994.

Tragically, Linford died following a car crash on the M11 in Essex in 1999, aged 26.

After her marriage to Cazenove ended, Miss Rees went on to marry Sir David McAlpine, a member of the McAlpine construction empire, in 2005.

In addition to her acting success, she also founded a jewellery design company based in Knightsbridge, with her pieces featured in the film Elizabeth, The Golden Age.

Her will shows that she left a gross estate of £2,169,160. After her affairs were settled this was reduced to £1,852,731.

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She left a property in London’s Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge, to pay income to her husband during his lifetime with the house going to Rhys after Sir David’s death.

All her personal effects were bequeathed to her husband, with the rest of her estate.

The actress’s late father Professor Linford Rees was an eminent psychiatrist, originally from the Burry Port area of Carmarthenshire, while her late mother Catherine was from the Swansea Valley.

She maintained the link with the city she grew up in by becoming an honorary fellow of the Cardiff based Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Angharad Rees made her television debut as a parlour maid in a 1968 adaptation of Shaw’s Man and Superman, appearing alongside Eric Porter and Maggie Smith.

Appearances in various television dramas and comedy series quickly followed, including The Way We Live Now, The Avengers, The Wednesday Play, Doctor in the House, Crown Court and Within These Walls.

She also had a role in cult classic Jack the Ripper film Hands Of The Ripper, while on stage she appeared in A Winter’s Tale, Richard II and Romeo and Juliet.

Memories of Angharad Rees will be revived next year when the BBC is to show a £10m, six-episode re-make of Poldark.

The Cornwall based Poldark Appreciation Society want makes of the show to sign up former Spooks star Richard Armitage, 41, as Ross Poldark.

After taking a vote earlier this year, the 500 members of the society were undecided who they wanted to play Demelza.

But the Society said it would like to see comic Bill Bailey as Jud Paynter (Ross Poldark’s lazy, irascible old servant), Pam Ferris as Prudie (Paynter’s wife), Ciaran Hinds as George Warleggan (Ross Poldark’s rival) and EastEnders actress Jo Joyner as Ross Poldark’s true love Elizabeth (originally played by Jill Townsend).

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