Neighbours star Joy Westmore dies aged 88

Neighbours star Joy Westmore has died aged 88.

The Morning Show on Australia’s Channel Seven announced the actress had died after a battle with dementia.

She had a couple of roles in the soap, playing Mrs Forster in the 90s before coming back as Nancy Bliss for two episodes in 2003.

The TV star was best known for playing guard Joyce Pringle in Prisoner: Cell Block H, a drama set in a women’s prison, which ran from 1979 to 1986.

In one storyline Joyce was taken hostage by Lou Kelly when she tried to escape, and was later hospitalised after being attacked by Eve Wilder.

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Joy’s other TV credits included Cop Shop, Taxi and Bellbird, while Nightmares and The Odd Angry Shot were among her film roles.

The actress had previously worked with Barry Humphries’ alter ago Dame Edna Everage in one of his earliest sketches.

Joy was married to Brian William Westmore in 1960 before his death in January.

The couple had four children together: Adam, Harriet, Lucy and Emily.

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