Sylvia Syms

English actress (1934–2023)

Sylvia May Laura Syms,[2] OBE (6 January 1934 – 27 January 2023) was an English actress.

Sylvia Syms

Sylvia May Laura Syms[1]

(1934-01-06)6 January 1934
Woolwich, London, England, UK
Died27 January 2023(2023-01-27) (aged 89)
Northwood, London, England, UK
Years active1955–2019
Alan Edney
(m. 1956; div. 1989)
Children2, including Beatie

Syms is best known for her roles in Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), No Trees in the Street (1959), Victim (1961), and The Tamarind Seed (1974).

In 2006 she played Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in the Stephen Frears movie The Queen, about the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the few days after that, leading up to the funeral.

In the last year of her life, Syms lived at Denville Hall, a retirement home for actors in London. She died there on 27 January 2023, at the age of 89.[3]


  1. Syms profile at Archived 20 April 2013 at Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  2. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  3. "Sylvia Syms: Ice Cold In Alex star dies at the age of 89". Sky News. 27 January 2023. Retrieved 27 January 2023.

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