The actress Lynn Redgrave has died in Connecticut following a long battle with breast cancer. She was 67.

Redgrave hailed from one of the most revered acting dynasties of modern times and was famous for her work on stage and screen.

She earned two Academy Award nominations, the first for perhaps her most famous role as the free spirited eponymous character in Georgy Girl in 1967, and the second for supporting actress in Gods And Monsters in 1999, which won her the Golden Globe.

After training at the Central School Of Speech And Drama in London, Redgrave made her professional stage debut in 1962 in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Court Theatre.

She was a founding member of the National Theatre and went on to star in The Constant Wife and her one-woman play Shakespeare For My Father. She received the OBE for services to drama in 2002.

Redgrave’s death is the third in the family in short succession. Her brother Corin passed away three weeks ago and her niece Natasha Richardson died last year following a freak skiing accident.

She is survived by her children, six grandchildren and sister Vanessa.