`Blackadder` star Patsy Byrne dies at 80

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 23, 2014, 13:35 PM IST

London: Comedy TV show `Blackadder` star Patsy Byrne has passed away at the age of 80 at Denville Hall, a retirement home for elderly actors here.

The veteran British actress died on 17 June. Her death comes just a week after her `Blackadder` co-star Rik Mayall passed away aged 56 on June 9, suggest reports.

"Very saddened to hear that Blackadder has lost another amazing actor. RIP Patsy Byrne aka Nursie aka Bernard. You and Flashheart can flirt for an eternity now," a message on the `Blackadder` Facebook page reads.

Mayall`s Lord Flashheart character famously flirted with Byrne`s Nursie in the show.

Byrne was most famous for her role as Nursie in the 1980s show. She also enjoyed a long-running role in sitcom `Watching` and appeared in the BBC`s 1999 TV adaptation of David Copperfield. Her most recent credit was for UK TV drama Holby City in 2006.

Her fellow `Blackadder` castmember Stephen Fry took to Twitter to express his grief.

"Oh lord no! I`ve just heard that Patsy Byrne, darling Nursie has died. Hope St Bernard has welcomed her to eternal rest. Adorable woman," he tweeted.