It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest of hearts that we at Cablagoobla say our goodbyes to actress Geraldine McEwan who passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, aged 82.
With numerous awards to her name, including a Bafta for Best Actress for her role in the 1989 film “Oranges are not the only fruit” and two Evening Standard Best Actress awards – for The Rivals and The Way of the World (both at the National Theatre, 1983 and 1995 respectively) Geraldine McEwan had a long and successful career spanning six decades in theatre, television and films but is probably best known for her role as super sleuth Miss Marple in the modern reboot of Agatha Christies much loved murder mysteries.
Even though McEwan only inhabited the role of Miss Marple for 3 short years (2004-2007), it is because of the 12 perfect episodes/mini film adaptations of Agatha Christies stories in which she appears, that she holds such a special place in my heart and is the reason I am so saddened by her death. She is perfect, and I mean perfect as Marple. The sparkle in the eye kind of cheekiness she brings to the “diamond sharp brain” (McEwans words) of Miss Marple makes her portrayal of the character the most endearing, and is by far my favourite of all the recent incarnations of her.
To be completely honest, I had not seen any of McEwans extensive body of work outside of Miss Marple until composing this tribute, but her film roles include playing an evil witch alongside Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991) and a steely Mother Superior in “The Magdalene Sisters” (2002). She also, appeared with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney and other stars on the British stage, and is said to have excelled in classic works by Strindberg, Sheridan, Congreve and Shakespeare, playing major roles in “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Hamlet.”
Our thoughts are with her family.