Margaret Towner, the lady who played young Anakin’s friend the kindly old Jira in The Phantom Menace has passed away aged 96.

Margaret Towner, known to millions of Star Wars fans across the world, passed away on April 10 at the remarkable age of 96.

In 1997, she had travelled to Bray Studios to be interviewed by George Lucas (whom she admitted she’d never heard of) for the part of Jira in The Phantom Menace. The result led to Star Wars conventions across the country and fans requesting ‘selfies’ on the doorstep of her Victorian terraced house in Twickenham – once the home to Ringo Starr in the Beatles’ 1965 film Help.