Anna Wing

Last updated 09 January 2020

Anna Wing (1914-2013)
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Anna Eva Lydia Catherine Wing

Born: Friday 30th October 1914
Died: Sunday 7th July 2013 (age: 98)


Anna Wing, MBE  is an English actress. She has had a long career in television and theatre.

Wing is best-known for portraying the Beale and Fowler family matriarch Lou Beale on EastEnders from the show's inception in February 1985, until the character was killed off in July 1988 

She had a small role in the Fifth Doctor story Kinda.

Wing was born in Hackney, London, and started out as an artist's model and later, during the Second World War, worked in East End hospitals. At 30, she married the actor Peter Davey, by whom she had a son, actor-director Mark Wing-Davey, but the marriage ended in divorce after three years. Her five years as the partner of Philip O'Connor, a surrealist writer and contemporary of Stephen Spender and Laurie Lee, saw her spend some time as a nursery teacher in West London. She had a second son by Philip, Jon O'Connor.

An earlier soap appearance of hers was in Market in Honey Lane for ATV in the late 1960s. Other television credits include roles in Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, Play for Today and The Sweeney.

Wing was appointed MBE in the 2009 Birthday Honours for her services to drama and charity.