Elisabeth Sladen (1 February 1946 – 19 April 2011) played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who. She appeared as a regular with both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. She also appeared in the pilot for the spin-off series, K9 and Company. Most recently, she reprised her role as Sarah Jane on Doctor Who and in its spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Sladen was interested in ballet and theatre from childhood, and began to appear on stage in the mid-1960s, although more often as a stage manager at this time. She moved to London in 1970 and an appearance in the police drama Z-Cars led to her being selected for a part in Doctor Who. She subsequently starred in other roles on both television and radio, before semi-retiring to bring up a family in the mid-1980s.
She died of pancreatic cancer on 19 April 2011. Her death made national and international news headlines, and major television stations and newspapers paid her tribute. [Wikipedia]
Watch a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen on the Babelcolour YouTube Channel.