Archer’s actress Sara Coward has passed away at 69

Sara played Caroline Sterling

The Archers, Sara Coward

by Siam Goorwich |
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Sara Coward, who played Caroline Sterling in The Archers has passed away at the age of 69.

Sara was played the Ambridge resident for an incredible 40 years, and as such, will be a familiar voice to millions of people around the UK and beyond.

The actress passed away on Sunday after a short battle with cancer.

Sara Coward first appeared in The Archers in 1977, when Caroline turned up to work at The Bull.

Over the years Sara grew very fond of Caroline Sterling. Talking about the character and her infamously doomed love life, she said: “The poor girl was only trying to find the right man; she just happened to search in some pretty peculiar places. Her affair with Brian Aldridge has to be an all-time low.”

The Archers, Sara Coward
Sara Coward played Caroline Sterling for an incredible 40 years (Credit: BBC) ©BBC

Many fans and colleagues have taken to Twitter to share their sadness at her death...

Sara Coward, The Archers
(Credit: Twitter) ©Twitter
Sara Coward, The Archers
(Credit: Twitter) ©Twitter
Sara Coward, The Archers
(Credit: Twitter) ©Twitter
Sara Coward, The Archers
(Credit: Twitter) ©Twitter

Meanwhile Huw Kennair-Jones, editor of The Archers, told the BBC: "Everyone in The Archers family is very sad today. Sara was a gifted actress with a unique voice.

"Even when she was navigating the tribulations of Caroline's love life, Sara's deft wit and clever characterisation meant Caroline was never solely defined by her relationships but always as a fully rounded, intriguing woman of substance. We will all miss her both professionally and personally."

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