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Frances Cuka obituary

Frances Cuka obituary

Prolific character actor on stage and screen, from Shakespearean classics to Friday Night Dinner and Casualty

Although she became one of the most loved and reliable of character actors on stage and television, Frances Cuka, who has died aged 83, seemed destined for stardom when her career took off like a rocket in the late 1950s with Joan Littlewood at Stratford East and George Devine at the Royal Court.

For Littlewood, she originated the role of the pregnant teenager Jo in Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey (1958), acclaimed by Kenneth Tynan for acting “with a shock-haired, careless passion that suggests an embryonic Anna Magnani. She was, he felt, an actor with a lot of love to give. When invited to so deliver, she invariably did.

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