Sheila Hancock, 87, “to be named Lady on New Year’s Honors list”

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Sheila Hancock, 87, “to be named Lady in New Year’s honors list for theater services” after already receiving OBE and CBE

Sheila Hancock would be named Lady in the New Year’s Honors List.

The 87-year-old actress, who has starred in films such as Edie and Carry On Cleo as well as the TV series The Rag Trade, already has an OBE and a CBE.

Sheila is believed to be recognized for her theater services when the list is officially released later this year, reports The sun.

Director: Sheila Hancock would be named Lady in New Year’s Honors list

Sheila received her OBE in 1974 and her CBE in 2011, both for theater services.

MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Sheila for comment.

During her illustrious career, Sheila appeared on several hit shows, including a role in EastEnders, where she played Barbara Owen for a year from 2000 to July 2001.

Other productions she has appeared in include the films The Boy In The Striped Pajamas and 3 Men And A Little Lady.

Most recently, Sheila starred in the 2018 play Harold & Maude and also starred in Sister Act The Musical, Cabaret and the 1978 production Annie.

Long career: The screen and stage star, 87, was married to Inspector Morse actor John Thaw for 29 years (pictured at the BAFTA Awards in 1990)

Long career: The screen and stage star, 87, was married to Inspector Morse actor John Thaw for 29 years (pictured at the BAFTA Awards in 1990)

In addition to working in film and theater, Sheila has written three books including The Two of Us about her marriage to Inspector Morse actor John Thaw.

Sheila and John met in 1974 when she starred in The Rag Trade television series and they were married for 29 years before her death from cancer in 2002.

The actor only survived eight months after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died aged 60.

Speaking after her death, Sheila revealed that she begged her husband not to die, begging him not to leave her.

British icon: Sheila already has an OBE and a CBE (pictured with her OBE in 1974)

British icon: Sheila already has an OBE and a CBE (pictured with her OBE in 1974)

Work: Sheila has also appeared in several stage shows, including Sister Act The Musical, Cabaret and the 1978 production Annie (pictured in Sister Act in 2009)

Work: Sheila has also appeared in several stage shows, including Sister Act The Musical, Cabaret and the 1978 production Annie (pictured in Sister Act in 2009)

The actress said the love they shared was so strong it bordered on “obsession,” and said neither she nor John could ever imagine being apart from each other.

Sheila made the Radio Times admission as she compared her and John’s love to tragic lovers Cathy and Heathcliff in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

Sheila said: “If you’ve ever experienced this obsessive love, which sometimes makes it difficult to be together but impossible to be apart, you can relate to Cathy and Heathcliff’s relationship.”

Sheila also spoke candidly about how well prepared she is for her senior years and said in 2018 that she intended to leave her wealth to charity rather than giving it all to her adult daughters.

Long career: The actress has appeared in dozens of productions over the years (pictured in Mr Digby Darling with Peter Jones in 1969)

Long career: The actress has appeared in dozens of productions over the years (pictured in Mr Digby Darling with Peter Jones in 1969)

Leaving money for your children is “the worst thing you can do,” the actress said in an interview, adding: “I think having to make a living is a good incentive …

She told the Sunday Times that she plans to leave money for her late husband’s charity, the John Thaw Foundation, which helps underprivileged youth.

Her daughter Melanie, 56, was from her first marriage to actor Alec Ross, who died of cancer in 1971, and she had Joanna, 46, with John. She is also the mother-in-law of her daughter Abigail.

Sheila explained that she chose her own nursing home in case she fell ill because she refused to “burden” her children with caring for her in old age.

She said: “I had two grannies who lived with us when we were little girls and I saw how much of a burden it was on my mom and I wouldn’t impose it. Your daughters, they have their own life.

Love: In addition to working in film and theater, Sheila has written three books including The Two of Us which dealt with her marriage to Inspector Morse John actor (pictured in 1993)

Love: In addition to working in film and theater, Sheila has written three books including The Two of Us which dealt with her marriage to Inspector Morse John actor (pictured in 1993)

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