Beryl Reid, a music hall performer who parlayed her comic timing and dramatic versatility into a career as one of Britain’s best-loved actresses, died Sunday. She was 76.
Reid had been ill with pneumonia after an operation on her knees.
Reid was best known overseas as the bitter lesbian radio soap opera star in the 1968 film version of “The Killing of Sister George,” a role she created on stage.
She also starred opposite Sir Alec Guinness in the 1982 television series, “Smiley’s People,” based on characters created by spy novelist John LeCarre.