Legendary Actress & Accomplished Writer Kate Saunders Passes at 62

Kate Saunders, who was 62 years old, was best known for her role as police officer Sandra in the classic British sitcom "Only Fools and Horses".

by Faruk Imamovic
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Legendary Actress & Accomplished Writer Kate Saunders Passes at 62

The news of the passing of the talented actress and award-winning novelist, Kate Saunders, has been announced. Kate Saunders, who was 62 years old, was best known for her role as police officer Sandra in the classic British sitcom "Only Fools and Horses".

In addition to her successful acting career, Kate was also a highly regarded writer and journalist, having produced more than 20 novels for both children and adults.

A Life Filled with Warmth, Bravery, and Brilliance

The news of Kate Saunders' death was announced by her sister Louisa Saunders on Twitter, who shared a link to an obituary and wrote: "My sister, who we lost last Friday.

The warmest, bravest, most generous and most brilliant woman I will ever know. Heaven knows how we will live without her." The sentiment was echoed by the series' Twitter account, which posted: "We are sorry to learn of the passing of Kate Saunders, who played policewoman Sandra in the episode The Long Legs of the Law in 1982.

In addition to her acting career, Kate was an award-winning novelist, journalist and critic. Our thoughts are with her family."

A Sensational Author and National Treasure

Kate Saunders' publisher, Faber Children's, also paid tribute to the late author, tweeting: "We are extremely saddened by the death of our beloved author, Kate Saunders.

Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. Kate was a sensational author and a National Treasure. Brilliantly funny, gracious, compassionate, she will be greatly missed by us all."

Despite her battle with multiple sclerosis in the later years of her life, and the devastating loss of her son, Kate Saunders continued to write until the very end.

Her novels, including "Five Children", "The Belfry Witches", "The Marrying Game", "Storm In The Citadel" and "The Prodigal Father", for which she won the Betty Trask Award in 1986, have received widespread critical acclaim.

"Five Children" and "The Land of Neverendings" were both shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2016 and 2019 respectively. Kate Saunders' contributions to the world of literature, acting, and journalism will not be forgotten, and her legacy will continue to inspire and entertain audiences for generations to come.

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