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Elizabeth Chater

My friend Elizabeth Chater, who has died aged 83, was known to the acting world by the stage name Elizabeth Havelock. She would light up any screen – for instance, as the fortune teller in an early episode of the 1970s TV detective series Shoestring. Lighting up her environment was a characteristic of Elizabeth's, I realised, when we met in 1999 at a poetry reading. She was elegant and warm, but with a toughness that had something of the stiletto to it.

She was born Elizabeth Devonshire Jones in Bath. As a girl, she rode horses and model trains – her father, a businessman and landowner, and a train fanatic, had built his own steam railway. Elizabeth's mother at one point had two grand pianos, but with her father's death in 1948, the family lost everything.

Elizabeth, then in her 20s, turned to antique dealing. This continued for nearly 60 years of Sundays throughout her acting and family life.

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