Who Was Valerie James Sid James Wife? What Happened To Her?

Valerie James, the widow of Sid James, died aged 93 ( Source : Twitter )

Valerie James was the third wife of Sid James. Unfortunately, Sid's widow passed away at the age of 93.

Sid James was a South African-born British actor and comedian whose work spanned radio, theatre, and screen. He is best known for his many parts in the Carry-On movie series.

James achieved his most tremendous success in England, despite having begun his career there. Starting with appearances in movies in 1947, he continued to be cast in several modest and supporting roles far into the 1950s.

His popularity increased when he appeared alongside Tony Hancock in the radio and television versions of Hancock's Half Hour, which lasted from 1954 to 1960. After that, he gained notoriety as a consistent performer in the Carry-On movies. He appeared in nineteen of the series' films, with the leading roles in 17 of them. 

Who Was Valerie James? Know About Sid James Wife

Sid James married Valerie Elizabeth Patsy Assan (born 1928), an actress who went by the stage name Ashton, on August 21, 1952.

In the latter years of their marriage, they resided in Delaford Park, a mansion that James helped to build partially. It is located in Iver, Buckinghamshire, close enough to Pinewood Studios for him to take a break from filming there for lunch.

He had a three-year, highly publicized romance with Barbara Windsor while still married to Valerie. The 1998 stage play Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, and its 2000 television adaption Cor, Blimey! both dramatized the incident. 

Valerie James in the frame ( Source : Twitter )

Barbara Knight was married to a renowned nightclub entrepreneur and convicted felon Ronnie Knight for 22 years before passing away on December 10, 2020, at 83. In her book, Barbara was open about Sid, calling him a "ladies' man" and describing their ten-year affair as "inevitable."

James's preoccupation with Windsor led to rumors that her then-husband Ronnie Knight had an ax pounded into James's floor and, on another occasion, had rearranged all of James's furniture at home as a subliminal threat.

However, close friends from the time, including Vince Powell and William G. Stewart, have refuted these claims.

What Happened To Valerie James? 

It was stated that Valerie James had passed away. She passed away at 93 years old. There are no other details available about her. She was famous, though, for becoming married to Sid James.

James achieved his most tremendous success in England, despite having begun his career there. Starting with appearances in movies in 1947, he continued to be cast in several modest and supporting roles far into the 1950s. In 1951, he had an appearance in The Lavender Hill Mob, a movie starring Alec Guinness.

On April 26, 1976, James experienced a heart attack while performing on stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre as part of a tour for the revival of The Mating Season. Actress Olga Lowe initially believed he was pulling a joke when he didn't respond to her speech.

She moved toward the wings to seek assistance when he didn't respond to her ad-libs. While the audience laughed, oblivious of what was happening, thinking the actions were part of the performance, technical manager Melvyn James (unrelated) called for the curtain to close and asked for a doctor.

He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital in an ambulance but was later declared dead. He was 62. James was cremated, and the Golders Green Crematorium is where his ashes were dispersed.

Did Sid James Have Children With Valerie James?

Sid James and Valerie James had a daughter named Sue, who went on to produce television, and a son named Steve James, who was born in 1954 and became a music producer.

James had three marriages. His first marriage to Berthe Sadie Delmont ended in divorce in 1940, primarily because of his numerous affairs with other women. They were married in 1936 and had a daughter named Elizabeth in 1937.

He wed the ballerina Meg Sergei (1913-1977) in 1943; the couple had a daughter named Reina in 1948, and on August 17, 1952, they divorced. James lost tens of thousands of pounds in his life as a result of his compulsive and largely unsuccessful gambling.

His dependence on gambling was so severe that he and his agent, Michael Sullivan, established a deal whereby she would not know how much money he was receiving so that money could be set aside for gaming.

James hit his girlfriend when she was pregnant and also hit his first wife while she was expecting.

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