Are You Being Served, Clare Dunkel? After a health fight, the actor and author died at the age of 59.
CLARE DUNKEL, who published crime thrillers under the pen name Mo Hayder, passed away at the age of 59 after a long battle with motor neuron disease.
Is it true that you’re being served? Clare Dunkel, star of The Two Ronnies, died at the age of 59. Clare, who rose to fame as a Page 3 model and actress in the 1980s, went on to write popular crime fiction novels under the pen name “connoisseur of corpses” Mo Hayder.
After being diagnosed with motor neuron disease in December, the author died last month.
Clare “fought heroically” until her death from the disease, according to the MailOnline.
Clare began her career as a glamour model before becoming a novelist, and she went by the name Candy Davis.
In 1982, the actress was named Miss Nude, and she aspired to be crowned Miss World.
The model then starred as Miss Belfridge in the hit BBC sitcom Are You Being Served? for the final two seasons.
Clare starred in the series from 1972 until 1985 as the blonde bombshell.
She was Mr Cuthbert Rumbold’s secretary and appeared in 13 episodes of the show (played by Nicholas Smith).
Clare went on to star on The Benny Hill Show and The Two Ronnies, where she played Miss Exotica Stormtrooper in patent leather.
Clare published ten novels in her career and sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.
Ritual, the star’s fifth novel, was praised by critics and was nominated for a Barry Award for best crime novel in 2009.
Publishers Weekly named the book the best book of 2008.
Clare previously admitted to The Times that she enjoys creating nasty novels, saying, “Everybody’s attracted by gore, isn’t it?”
“We’d all be on our way to the gallows two hundred years ago — and anyhow, I think it’s bad for people to repress their evil side; it only intensifies.”
Clare married actor Gary Olsen in 1985, and they have two children.
However, five years later, the couple split.
She later remarried and is survived by her daughter Lotte, as well as her husband Bob.
Clare’s publisher, Penguin Random House, stated before her death that “the cancer worsened at an alarming rate.”
Following the tragic news of Clare’s passing, many of her admirers and friends have paid tribute to her. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”