A Country Practice star Penny Cook dies

Penny Cook in 2016.
Penny Cook in 2016.

Logie Award-winning Australian stage and screen actress Penny Cook has died of cancer at the age of 61.

Known for her role as Vicki the vet on A Country Practice, Cook died on Wednesday evening.

"It is with great sorrow that her family wish to advise that the much loved Penny Cook, beloved partner, mother, daughter, sister, and dear friend, died peacefully last night, of cancer, surrounded by family," a statement from her agent Mark Morrissey said on behalf of her family.

"The family wish to express their thanks for all messages of condolence forwarded to them," the statement said.

Cook graduated from NIDA in 1978 and made her television debut in The Restless Years.

Penny Cook dies at 61.

Penny Cook dies at 61.

She also featured on E-Street, GP and The Flying Doctors and was a presenter on The Great Outdoors.

The 61-year-old also helped form the Sydney-based Griffin Theatre Company.

A private cremation will be held and a celebration of Ms Cook's life is to be announced at a later date.

Australian Associated Press