THE funeral of the late actress and animal welfare activist Alexandra Bastedo took place on Friday, after she lost her battle against cancer.
Celebrities such as Virginia McKenna OBE, the actress and founder of charity the Born Free Foundation, attended the funeral at St Mary’s Church in Storrington, to pay their respects.
Alexandra, 67, enjoyed huge success on screen and on stage. She was also a vital support to her husband, former Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director Patrick Garland. For many years the couple lived just south of Chichester at Almodington before moving to West Chiltington. Mr Garland’s death last April was followed by a star-studded memorial service in Chichester Cathedral last September, organised by friends including Simon Callow.
Bastedo launched ABC Champions Animal Sanctuary more than 30 years ago and previously starred in ITV’s The Champions. As a child she was desperate to become a vet and spent all her spare time at the local veterinary surgery.