Cathy Come Home star fac­ing home­less­ness

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

AN AC­TRESS who ap­peared in an iconic 1960s tele­vi­sion film about home­less­ness has said she is now fac­ing the same fate as the main char­ac­ter in the drama.

Adri­enne Con­way ap­peared in the BBC tele­vi­sion drama Cathy Come Home, which broke new ground by tack­ling so­cial is­sues.

It told the story of a young cou­ple, Cathy and Reg, whose life was turned u p s i d e d o wn w h e n R e g lost his job, and both w e r e evicted Adri­en­neCon­way( isthreat­ened with­e­vic­tion,just­likethe­cou­plein iconic’60sdrama by bailiffs, forced to face a life of poverty and home­less­ness.

Ms Con­way played Reg’s sis­ter. She has re­vealed that near­ing the age of 70, she too is fac­ing evic­tion and the prospect of home­less­ness.

She said: “I have two weeks to get out of my cur­rent flat, and the con­di­tion of flats I’m be­ing shown are hor­ren­dous. No one should have to live like that in this day and age.”

Ms Con­way, who was known as Adri­enne Frame dur­ing her show­busi­ness ca­reer, said she was in­el­i­gi­ble for coun­cil shel­tered hous­ing be­cause she had some sav­ings, but her money was not enough to buy her own prop­erty.

“The money I have is too lit­tle to buy me some­where but too much to qual­ify for shel­tered hous­ing. The only thing I can af­ford to do is flat-share, but some­one my age doesn’t want to do that. ”

The ac­tress, who has no fam­ily in Lon­don, said she was turned away from a Jewish hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion.

Ms Con­way sold her home in Spain this year to come back to the UK to live closer to the Jewish com­mu­nity in north Finch­ley.

She said: “I thought it would be easy enough to get a place in a re­tire­ment apart­ment but it’s not.

“If I con­tinue to go on rent­ing room to room I will run out of money and then the gov­ern­ment will have to sup­port me.

“I don’t want that to hap­pen. I just want to have my own space near peo­ple like me and con­tinue to work and sup­port my­self while I still can.”

Ms Con­way starred in TV se­ries in the 1960s and ’70s in­clud­ing the bomb­dis­posal drama Dan­ger UXB and the com­edy Un­der the Bed.

Although re­tired, she is keen to re­sume her ca­reer.

She said: “I’ve had some in­ter­est in scripts but my hous­ing prob­lems are be­gin­ning to af­fect my health.”



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