Jean Kent, screen and stage star dies after fall at her Westhorpe home

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Screen legend Jean Kent has died after suffering serious injuries in a fall last week at her Westhorpe home. She was 92.

She was one of the last surviving major stars of the Golden Age of post war cinema, having starred opposite names including Michael Redgrave, Richard Attenborough, Stewart Grainger, Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Olivier. She also performed on the West End stage during her career,

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The striking brunette with the seductive smile played a range of roles from the powerful and dramatic to lighter performances becoming a well known face in the Gainsborough films, alongside Margaret Lockwood and Phyllis Calvert. In 1981 she staged her own one-woman show Dear Miss Matty playing Matty Jenkins and 20 other characters from Cranford.

She married Stewart Granger’s stand in, Jusuf Ramart, while working on the film, Caravan, and they were together for 43 years.

She also featured later in several TV shows including Lovejoy and her last public appearance was on her 90th birthday when she appeared on stage at the National Film Theatre and after a standing ovation spent an hour signing autographs for fans.

Her funeral will be tomorrow at St Margaret’s Church in Westhope at 12pm.