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Actress delight at Old Rep honour.

EASTENDERS actress Annette Badland has said she is "utterly delighted" to become a patron of Birmingham's historic Old Rep theatre.

The Birmingham-born Olivier-nominated actress, who played the villainous Aunt Babe in the BBC soap, will join Brian Cox, Toyah Willcox, Brian Blessed and June Brown as a patron.

Badland, 68, said: "The Old Rep was so important to me when I first fell in love with theatre and acting, so I'm utterly delighted, surprised and honoured to be a patron.

"It is really important to me as it is my home town and my beginnings."

Badland, from Edgbaston, is also known for roles in Doctor Who and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

She has been gifted a seat in The Old Rep's auditorium, which reads: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it."

The theatre - originally named the Birmingham Repertory Theatre - was built in 1913 as the UK's first ever purposebuilt repertory theatre, and has played a pivotal role in the careers of actors including Laurence Olivier.

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Date:Aug 1, 2019
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