English actress Alexandra “Sandy” Ratcliff was born on October 2, 1948, and died on April 7, 2019.
In the 1970s, at 23 years old Ratcliff was recognized as a model and film actress.
Ratcliff was cast as “The face of the ’70s” by royal photographer Lord Snowdon.
She was mostly remembered as one of the original cast members in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in the 1980s.
She impersonated the tragic Sue Osman, however, Sandy left the role in 1989, after it was revealed that she was addicted to heroin.
When she left EastEnders, her career remained professionally quiet, though her private life brought her into the headlines once again in the early 1990s.
Ratcliff told the media she had given up acting to train as a counselor in 2010, however, she later retired.
Ratcliff initial major role was in the Ken Loach BAFTA-nominated film Family Life (1971), in which she played a schizophrenic teenage girl.
After which she was cast slightly less well-received films including The Final Programme (1973), Yesterday’s Hero (1979) and Hussy (1980) with Helen Mirren.
Sandy also appeared in Chris Petit’s British road movie Radio On in 1979.
In the end, she acted in several television productions including Minder, Couples, Play for Today, Target, The Sweeney, Shoestring and Shelley, and on stage in 1981 in the Ray Davies/Kinks musical, Chorus Girls.
Photographer Peter Wright and Sandy got married in Kensington, London in 1968.
Theatre director Terence Palmer is the father of her only son, born in the 70’s.
In 1991, her then-sweetheart Michael Shorey stood preliminary at the Old Bailey after he was blamed for executing two ladies.
Notwithstanding Ratcliff giving him a vindication, she asserted in the observer box that they were having intercourse at the time, he was discovered blameworthy and is presently serving two life sentences for homicide.
His court case was to be her last open appearance.
In 2005, it was accounted for that Ratcliff never again utilized heroin and lived on a £70 per week inability remittance.
Sandy Ratcliff died at age 70.