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Jamie Roberts

Valerie James dead: Wife of Carry On legend Sid James dies as tributes pour in

Valerie James, the wife of Carry On star Sid James, has died at the age of 93.

The sad news was shared by her family on Monday as they took to social media to release a statement alongside a touching black-and-white photo of the couple. It read: "In very sad news, Valerie James, lovely wife of Sid and a performer in her own right in her early days, has died aged 93.

"Val and Sid’s family have given me their blessing to post this and I'm sure you will all join me in sending them the very best of wishes."

The cause of death has yet to be revealed. Valerie and Sid were married for 23 years prior to his death in 1976.

Comic actor Sid James with his wife Valerie Ashton, circa 1965 (TV Times/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
The sweet snap of Valerie James used in her death notice (Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Following the news, many fans took to social media to share their own messages of condolence. One user on Twitter wrote: "She's back with Sid now. Such a devoted wife. RIP Valerie and Sid James."

Another penned: "Hugs to both Valerie and Sid James Family. Sid James was a big part of my childhood onscreen via the #CarryOn Films and gave me so many laughs and still does to this day, so Thankyou. Both of them have now been reunited in heaven. RIP Sid & Valerie."

A third said: "Sad news indeed. I'd have loved to have met her in person, I bet she had many anecdotes about her and Sid's life together that'd be great to hear. My heartfelt condolences to her family."

Sid James and Valerie at the premiere of the film Love Story in 1971 (Getty Images)

And a fourth commented: "Condolences to the remaining family. She was a lovely, smart and patient woman."

Sid and Valerie first started dating in 1950 before tying the knot two years later. Valerie had a successful career of her own and featured alongside her husband on The Sid James Show.

It's understood that the final years of their marriage were spent living in Buckinghamshire, just a stone's throw away from Pinewood Studios.

They shared two kids together - daughter Sue, who became a television producer and son Steve who carved a career as a music producer.

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