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11/07/2013 09:28 BST

Anna Wing Dead: EastEnders' Lou Beale Dies Aged 98

Actress Anna Wing, who played sharp-tongued 'EastEnders' matriach Lou Beale, has died aged 98, her agent said.

The star, who died on Sunday, appeared in the BBC One soap for three years from its start in 1985, and her character was famed for ruling the Beale and Fowler household with an iron fist.

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Anna Wing (centre) has died aged 98

She also formed a formidable on-screen partnership with fellow actress Gretchen Franklin who played Ethel Skinner.

She received the MBE in 2009 in recognition of a career that spanned more than six decades of television, film, radio and theatre.

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Anna was awarded an MBE in 2009

Speaking at the time, she said: "I wanted to be an actress when I was a little girl and everybody said no, but I did it. I stuck it out and I've done it for 70 years and I'm still working.''

She appeared in The Bill aged 92 playing a feisty pensioner caught up in a drug deal.

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