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Home and Away actress Cornelia Frances dies aged 77

She was best known for playing Morag Bellingham.

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HOME AND AWAY actress Cornelia Frances has died following a battle with cancer.

The 77-year-old was best known for playing Morag Bellingham, the sister of Alf Stewart, in the Australian soap.

Frances was born in Liverpool and studied acting in London before moving to Australia where she starred in a number of dramas including The Young Doctors, Prisoner and Sons and Daughters. She was also the host of The Weakest Link in Australia.

She was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2017 and had dealt with a number of other health issues in recent years.

Speaking to Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph in January she revealed that she suffered a hip bone fracture and an ulcer in her throat, saying: “I swear I have had a hex placed on me for the past 12 months.”

In a statement the Seven Network said Frances “was an incredibly loved and valued member of our cast over many, many years”.

Her on-screen presence inspired a generation of actors. This gift was coupled with an ability to bring a sense of dignity and presence into each room she entered.

Tributes have poured in from other actors and those who worked with Frances.

She is survived by her son Lawrence.

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