FENELLA Fielding, the Carry On actress who starred in a Keighley-shot film of Oliver Twist, has died at the age of 90.

Fielding was one of the stars who got involved in the full-length version of the Charles Dickens classic with a cast of Keighley people with learning disabilities.

The Innerspace group screened their 105-minute movie A Parish Boy’s Progress to great acclaim at cinemas across the district in 2008.

Fielding, born in 1927, appeared in the film following a long career on stage and screen.

The Picture House cinema hosted the sell-out premiere of the film A Parish Boy’s Progress with the title role played by Keighley man Steven Ginn, who had learning disabilities.

The film was a four-year labour of love for care worker and former professional actor Tony Homyer, who had worked for 12 years with learning-disabled adults at Keighley Day Services.

He established Innerspace, which regularly performed atmospheric dramas at schools, community centres and tourist attractions across Yorkshire.

The group’s tour of Oliver Twist in 2005 was extremely successful, prompting Mr Homyer to transform the “faithfully realistic” version of Dickens’s story into a film.

He recruited friends and associates from the world of professional stage and screen stage, including Fielding, to play some of the adult roles.

Fielding is known to the public, chiefly her role as the evil Morticia Addams-style vamp Valeria Watt in one of the most popular Carry On films, the horror spoof Carry On Screaming.

Wearing a dress so tight that she had to be sewn into it, she leaned back on a chaise longue and asked “do you mind if I smoke?”. Wisps of smoke then rise up from her writhing body. Although the film achieved great success, for Fielding Carry On Screaming almost stopped her career stone dead.

Before she made the film in 1966, she had been one of the leading stars of theatre comedy, appearing at Peter Cook’s Establishment Club. She also starred in hit revues, including Pieces of Eight with Kenneth Williams.She was also wooed by Federico Fellini, who saw her as the possible subject for one of his films, but she did not land the part.

Growing up in Edgware, the daughter of a Romanian mother, Fielding wanted to act, but her parents thought it meant certain ruin and forced her to do a secretarial course instead. She acted in amateur productions, eventually picking up professional work and from the early 1950s small roles in television.

Among her early notable roles were episodes of 1960s thrillers The Avengers and Danger Man.

Later in her career, Fielding made occasional appearances in film and television, often sending up her vampy, eccentric reputation.

She was in the 1999 film Guest House Paradiso with Bottom stars Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall and appeared in the Channel 4 series Skins in 2012.