Wuthering Heights star Hilary Heath dies aged 74 after battle with coronavirus


Wuthering Heights star Hilary Heath dies aged 74 after battle with coronavirus

  • The actress passed away last week after contracting coronavirus
  • Hilary started her career as actress, best known for her roles in Witchfinder General and Wuthering Heights
  • She went on to become an addication counsellor, specialising in CBT
  • Heath leaves behind two children and her ex- husband Duncan
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Hilary Heath has sadly died aged 74 after battling coronavirus. 

The Wuthering Heights actress passed away last week after contracting COVID-19, her godson Alex Williams confirmed. 

Alex wrote a touching tribute on Facebook: ‘We lost my wonderful Godmother Hilary Heath to Covid-19 last week.

Huge loss: Hilary Heath has sadly died aged 74 after battling coronavirus (pictured with ex-husband Duncan in 2004)

‘Hilary had many careers, starting out as a screen and stage actress in the 1960s and 1970s, and then re-inventing herself as a producer in the 1990s, making films like Nil by Mouth (Gary Oldman) and An Awfully Big Adventure (Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman).

‘Her most remarkable re-invention came in her mid-60s, when she won a master’s degree from Oxford in psychology and became an addiction counsellor, specialising in CBT.

‘She worked at clinics all over the world, often for free, often with very deprived and distressed individuals, and she regarded this as her most valuable work by far.

Sad: The Wuthering Heights actress passed away last week after contracting COVID-19, her godson Alex Williams confirmed (pictured in Villains in 1972)

Sad: The Wuthering Heights actress passed away last week after contracting COVID-19, her godson Alex Williams confirmed (pictured in Villains in 1972)

‘She was a force of nature, and I can’t bear it that she is no longer with us,’ Alex concluded.

Hilary was best known for her acting roles in films such as Witchfinder General (1968) and Wuthering Heights (1970). 

In 1988 she won a CableAce Award for the TV movie The Worst Witch (1986).

Heath is credited as either Producer or Executive Producer for several films, including feature films Criminal Law (1988) and An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), starring Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. 

Hilary was best known for her acting roles in films such as Witchfinder General (pictured in 1968) and Wuthering Heights (1970)

Hilary was best known for her acting roles in films such as Witchfinder General (pictured in 1968) and Wuthering Heights (1970)

Talented: The actress also starred in Sunday Night Theatre The Comic in 1969

Talented: The actress also starred in Sunday Night Theatre The Comic in 1969

The actress also performed on the London stage. 

In 1974 she married the talent agent Duncan Heath, with whom she had two children Laura and Daniel, and helped to found Duncan Heath Associates, which later became The Independent Talent Group. 

They divorced in 1989. 

Later in her career, under her married name Hilary Heath, she produced the successful feature film An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), as well as TV remakes of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1997) and Tennessee Williams’s The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003).

Her final producing role was the 2014 miniseries Jamaica Inn. 

Wealth of experience: Hilary's final producing role was the 2014 miniseries Jamaica Inn

Wealth of experience: Hilary’s final producing role was the 2014 miniseries Jamaica Inn

 

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