Shirley Anne Field: The Entertainer and Alfie actress dies aged 87 | Ents & Arts News


Actress Shirley Anne Field, best known for playing Tina Lapford in The Entertainer, has died aged 87.

Star of stage and screen to fame after his role in the 1960s drama alongside Laurence Olivier.

She went on to star in films, including the 1966 comedy Alfie opposite Sir Michael Caine and the kitchen sink drama Saturday Night And Sunday Morning with Albert Finney in 1960.

Field and Caine in Alfie.  Image: Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock
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Field and Caine in Alfie. Image: Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock

“It is with great sadness that we share the news that Shirley Anne Field passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 10, 2023, surrounded by her family and friends,” a family statement said.

“Shirley Anne will be greatly missed and remembered for her indomitable spirit and her amazing legacy spanning more than five decades on stage and screen.”

After starting out as a model in the 1950s, Field first moved into acting in the comedy Loser Takes All and the musical It’s A Wonderful World.

After her appearance with Olivier, her fame grew and she went on to star in a number of films, TV series and stage productions.

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The Entertainer follows Olivier as Archie Rice, a failed music hall performer who tries to keep his career going as music hall traditions fade away.

File photo dated 26/10/60 of Albert Finney (left) Shirley Anne Field and author Alan Sillitoe in a London pub attending a 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' pre-premier party.  Actress Shirley Anne Field, who starred in The Entertainer and Alfie, has died aged 87, her family said in a statement.  Issue date: Monday, December 11, 2023.
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(L-R) Albert Finney, Field and author Alan Sillitoe in a London pub in 1960

His personal life is then thrown into chaos after meeting beauty queen and aspiring entertainer Tina Lapford, with whom he has an affair.

Field would then go on to star alongside Sir Michael in Alfie.

The star’s other hit films and TV appearances included 1962’s The War Lover alongside Steve McQueen and Robert Wagner, the 1985 romantic comedy My Beautiful Laundrette with Daniel Day-Lewis and the sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine.

File photo dated 14/10/04 of Shirley Anne Field arriving at the world charity premiere of Alfie at Empire Leicester Square in central London in aid of the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Actress Shirley Anne Field, who starred in The Entertainer and Alfie, has died aged 87, her family said in a statement.  Issue date: Monday, December 11, 2023.

In recent years, Field starred in the 2014 short drama Beautiful Relics opposite Flora Spencer-Longhurst.

She married racing driver Charles Crichton-Stuart in 1967 and they had a daughter Nicola before divorcing. Crichton-Stuart died in 2001.


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