Voice actress for Thunderbirds' Lady Penelope dies

Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds.
Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds.

Television writer and producer Sylvia Anderson, the voice of Lady Penelope in popular 1960s television show Thunderbirds, has died at age 88 after a short illness.

Anderson, who co-created the marionette puppet show with her late ex-husband Gerry, passed away at her UK home, according to a statement on her official website.

Debuting on British television screens in 1965, Thunderbirds followed a secret rescue performing organisation and its elegant Lady Penelope character, who was driven around in a pink Rolls-Royce, was modelled on Anderson.

The show aired for just two seasons, but has gained a huge following since.

"Sylvia was a mother and a legend - her intelligence was phenomenal but her creativity and tenacity unchallenged," her daughter Dee Anderson wrote on the site.

"She was a force in every way, and will be sadly missed."

Born to a boxer and dressmaker from south London in 1927, Anderson also worked on television shows such as Stingray and Joe 90.

Her former husband, Gerry Anderson, died in 2012.


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