Barbara Shelley has died at the age of 88.
The star has been hailed as the "technicolour queen of Hammer" following her death which has been confirmed her her agent.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Barbara rose to fame during the Hammer Horror films including The Gorgon, Dracula, Prince Of Darkness and Rasputin.
She also starred in The Mad Monk, Quatermass And The Pit, as well as Blood Of The Vampire, and Village Of The Damned.
Barbara also appeared in the Doctor Who episode Planet Of Fire, starring Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor.
Her agent, Thomas Bowington, confirmed that she had died to PA news agency.
Thomas said: "She really was Hammer's number one leading lady and the technicolour queen of Hammer.
"On screen she could be quietly evil. She goes from statuesque beauty to just animalistic wildness.
"She was a regular favourite of Hammer events and autograph shows but also performed on stage with the RSC."
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He added: "She adored Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and loved working with them, that was very dear to her."
Thomas also said Barbara had recently been admitted and stayed in hospital, where she had caught the deadly Covid-19 virus, but had since recovered.
He said: "It wasn't the Covid that took her, she had underlying issues."
Born Barbra Kowin in 1932, she was also known for TV roles in series including The Saint, The Avengers, The Borgias, Blake's 7 and Crown Court, and later played Hester Samuels in EastEnders.
In 2010, writer and actor Mark Gatiss interviewed Barbara about her career at Hammer Films for his BBC documentary series A History Of Horror.
The London-based production company, founded in 1934, made a string of hit Gothic horror films from the mid-1950s until the 1970s.
Many of these involved classic horror characters such as Baron Victor Frankenstein, Count Dracula, and the Mummy.
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