It’s Sheila Hancock in Aboyne

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Sheila Hancock, CBE, actress and authoress, will pay a visit to Deeside next Monday (October 20) when she gives a talk at Aboyne Theatre.

Yeadon’s of Banchory and the Friends of Aboyne and Deeside festival will host the evening with Sheila which kicks off in the theatre at 7:30pm.

Hancock has enjoyed a tremendously successful career in film, television, theatre and radio.

She was also named Author of the Year at the 2005 British Book Award for her memoir ‘The two of Us: My life with John Thaw.’

Hancock was married to actor Alec Ross from 1954 until his death from oesophageal cancer in 1971. They had one daughter, Ellie Jane, born in 1964.

In 1973, Hancock married actor John Thaw. He adopted Ellie Jane and they had another daughter, Joanna. Thaw’s daughter Abigail, from his first marriage, also joined their family. All three of their children have become actresses.

She was married to Thaw until his death from oesophageal cancer on February 21, 2002. Hancock herself was diagnosed with breast cancer during the late 1980s, but made a full recovery.

Now in ‘Miss Carter’s War’ according to Vicky Dawson of Yeadon’s: “Sheila Hancock proves that she is a vibrant new voice in British fiction.

‘‘The novel is set in 1948 and Britain is struggling to recover from the Second World War.

‘‘Half French, half English, Marguerite Carter, young and beautiful, has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines.

‘‘From the peace marches of the fifties and the flowering of the Swinging Sixties, to the rise of Thatcher and the battle for gay rights, Sheila Hancock has created a powerful, panoramic portrait of Britain through the life of one very singular woman.’’

Tickets from www.aboyneanddeesidefestival.org.uk or by phoning 03336 66 33 66.