Sylvia Anderson, the co-creator of the cult classic TV puppet show Thunderbirds, has died at 88.

Publicist Richard Leon said the writer and producer died on Wednesday at her home in Bray, 48 kilometres west of London, after a short illness.

She created the series, which debuted in 1965, about a high-tech rescue squad operating from a secret island with her late former husband Gerry Anderson, who died in 2012.

Anderson also voiced and provided inspiration for the upper-crust character Lady Penelope – who like all the other characters in the series was a marionette.

She had a long career in television, including working for HBO in Britain.


Anderson is survived by her daughter Dee Anderson, son Gerry Anderson Jr, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.


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