Theresa Streatfield

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Actress Theresa Streatfield, known to her friends as Tree, came from a close knit and loving family of musicians.

Born on August 13, 1953 she developed a love of language, music and drama from an early age. Educated at Waldorf School, Herts, she moved to Vancouver at the age of 12 when her father Simon became conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

There, she auditioned for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which enabled her to play children’s parts on radio.

On her return to England, she won a place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She could sing, read music and play the piano and was asked to help fellow students.

Her professional theatre work included seasons in repertory in Manchester, Exeter, Avon, Sheffield, Chester and Derby as well as productions at the Theatre Royal, Stratford, Lyric Hammersmith, Half Moon and Arts theatres and the Riverside Studios.

She was twice a member of the BBC Radio Drama company and performed in many plays and broadcasts. Her TV appearances included roles in The Bill, Grange Hill and Casualty. She was in two films, News from Nowhere (with Timothy West) and The Wanderer (with Bryan Brown).

Tree was a very good actor but, more than that, she was a delightful person. She had a wonderful sense of humour and a wicked, infectious laugh. On occasion she could swear like a trooper, but she could also be incredibly kind.

We will all miss her dreadfully but now celebrate her life. She died peacefully on November 19, 2007 from severe diabetic complications. Her partner, John, and her loving, caring sister Sarah, were at her side.

Tim Munro

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