The actress had been battling with illness for a long time (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Porridge and Going Straight actress Patricia Brake has died at the age of 79.

Her son, Jon McBain, announced the news on Twitter on Sunday, sharing that she had died ‘after a long battle with cancer’.

Her agent Scott Marshall Partners later shared the news, writing in a statement on social media: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our client and well-loved stage and TV actress, Patricia Brake, at the age of 79, after a very long battle with cancer.’

Brake had performed in many popular programmes over her 60-year career, including in recurring roles on soaps Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders.

However, she was best known for playing Ingrid, the daughter of Ronnie Barker’s character Norman Stanley Fletcher in hit sitcom Porridge.

She later reprised the role in Going Straight, alongside cast members Richard Beckinsale and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Brake’s varied career saw her become a soaps stalwart as well as a colleague of comedians Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett (Picture: Shutterstock)

Over the years, Brake worked with world-renowned comedians Barker and Ronnie Corbett, known as The Two Ronnies, along with duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

Throughout her career other TV roles included ITV’s Manhunt, The Glums and Midsomer Murders, as well as the BBC’s Doctors, Holby City and Casualty.

Born in Bath, Brake studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962, where she played Hermia in Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, alongside Dame Judi Dench and Dame Diana Rigg.

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