Blackadder Actress, Patsy Byrne Leaves the Majority of her £1.5 Million Fortune to her Fifth Stepdaughter
Patsy Byrne, the actress who was best known for her role as Nursie in Blackadder, has left a substantial amount of her estate to one of her five stepdaughters.
Following her death last year at the age of 80, it emerged Ms Byrne‘s will stipulated that five of her six stepchildren should receive £20,000 each with the remaining inheritance going to the fifth stepdaughter, solicitor Monica Seccombe.
However, the remaining total is likely to reach a staggering £900,000 - after inheritance tax - as it seems Ms Byrne was unaware quite how wealthy she was.
Speaking to the Mail On Sunday, Ms Seccombe said: “When [Ms Byrne] drew up her will, she didn’t realise how much money she had. There was no family bust-up; she just wanted me to sort things out after her death as I am a solicitor.” Ms Seccombe added that the money would be “distributed equally” among the five stepsisters, following the death of their stepbrother who had no children.
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