Archers actress Sara Coward dies

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Sara Coward, the actress who played the part of Caroline Sterling in The Archers sadly died on Sunday 12th Feb 2017, aged 69, after a battle with cancer. She had played the part of Caroline for 40 years. Her last appearance in the Radio 4 soap was in September 2016, when Caroline and Oliver Sterling returned from Tuscany to find that the Grundy family might not be the perfect tenants for Grange Farm!

In a recent interview Sara said she would like the character of Caroline to live on after her own death, and be played by another actress, rather than being written out of the show. Sara had an affection for Caroline, and a sympathy for her sometimes rocky love-life. Caroline entered The Archers as a barmaid in The Bull in 1977, and rose to managing and then owning the Grey Gables country hotel, and marrying the wealthy Oliver Sterling.

Sara had the honour of acting with two members of the Royal household – with Princess Margaret in 1984, when she was attending a charity gala at Grey Gables, and in the 60 years anniversary of The Archers with the Duchess of Cornwall.

The links below are to obituaries to Sara:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/feb/13/the-archers-actor-sara-coward-caroline-sterling-dies-at-69

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thearchers/entries/1b45d644-8fa2-4f78-ab6d-f2838e5d8f70

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