Actress Helen Griffin, known for her roles in Twin Town, Doctor Who and Human Traffic, died at age 59.
Griffin, originally from Swansea, was a familiar face on British and Welsh TV and stage.
She is best known for her appearance as a masseur in Twin Town and also known as Mrs Moore in Doctor Who, episodes of Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel.
A skilled writer, Griffin co-wrote the comedy Mental with Jo Brand which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. It was based on the couple's experiences as psychiatric nurses.
The BBC reports that the actress died on Friday night surrounded by loved ones. Her agent said: "She was a beautiful woman, talented, funny, intelligent and inspirational, who is very loved and will be missed by all those who knew her".
Kevin Allen, who directed Twin Town, said that Helen Griffin was a "very intelligent actor" and that "The Welsh film industry has lost someone very special."
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Eve Myles, who recently starred with Griffin in Keeping Faith, said her "heart is broken."
Myles' TV husband from Torchwood, Kai Owen called her a "wonderful, wise and inspiring woman."  To learn more
The actor of Llandrindod Wells Tom Cullen, known for his appearances in Downton Abbey and Black Mirror, called Griffin a "powerhouse".