Actress Meg Wynn Owen, best known for her role in “Love Actually” and “Pride & Prejudice,” was forced to wear clothes from deceased residents of her care home after her caretaker stole thousands from her.
Owen, whose real name was Margaret Wright, suffered from dementia and appointed her boyfriend, costume designer Brian Malam, as a power of attorney prior to her death in July at age 82.
But instead of helping Owen with her finances, Malam spent all of her hard-earned money on herself, amounting to just $80,000, reports Wales Online.
Between 2015 and 2019, Malam helped herself with Owen’s money as her health deteriorated over the years.
Malam, 60, was sentenced to 32 months in prison.
The costume designer was granted power of attorney over Owen’s finances in 2014. The following year, she was transferred to a nursing home.
After being left penniless, Owen was dressed in the clothes of deceased residents. The staff soon became concerned about her finances – or lack thereof – and reported the incident to the police in 2020.
Malam, who is from Wales, pleaded guilty to fraud while holding a position of trust.
A hearing on the proceeds of crime will take place in March next year.
During her acting career, Owen appeared in films such as ‘Love Actually’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘A Woman of Substance’. She also appeared in ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Upstairs Downstairs’.