Love Actually star swindled her of £65,000 life savings by conman while in care home

Love Actually and Upstairs Downstairs star was reduced to dressing in dead people’s clothes at care home after conman swindled her of £65,000 life savings

  • An actress who starred in Love Actually had her life savings stolen from her
  • Meg Wynn Owen, 82, gave friend Brian Malam, 60, her power of attorney
  • Malam was jailed for taking £65,000 from the actress, who lived in a care home

An actress who starred in Love Actually was forced to wear dead people’s clothes at a care home after she was cruelly swindled of her £65,000 life savings.

Meg Wynn Owen, 82, whose real name was Margaret Wright, is known for her roles in Upstairs, Downstairs and Pride & Prejudice.

Mrs Wright had to wear clothes of ‘deceased’ residents at her care home and have staff cut her hair because all her money was stolen by a conman.

Brian Malam, 60, was jailed for more than two-and-a-half years for raiding the dementia-sufferer’s life savings.

A court heard the pair struck up a friendship while working on BBC shows before Malam was made her power of attorney.

Prosecutor Abigail Jackson said Mrs Wright entrusted Malam, who was a costume designer on Doctor Who video games, to transfer money to the home.

Cardiff Crown Court Malam instead made electronic payments of £53,000 along with more than £11,000 in direct spending from her accounts to himself.

Meg Wynn Owen, 82, had £65,000 stolen from her by Brian Malam, 60. She played Hugh Grant's secretary when he was Prime Minister in Love Actually

Meg Wynn Owen, 82, had £65,000 stolen from her by Brian Malam, 60. She played Hugh Grant’s secretary when he was Prime Minister in Love Actually 

The actress, who suffers from dementia, had to have care home staff cut her hair when she was unable to afford a hairdresser. Here she appears in the famous Love Actually dancing scene

The actress, who suffers from dementia, had to have care home staff cut her hair when she was unable to afford a hairdresser. Here she appears in the famous Love Actually dancing scene

Meg Wyn Owen, real name Margaret Wright, ended her days virtually penniless in care home

Brian Malam, 60, was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to fraud while occupying a position of trust

Meg Wyn Owen (left), real name Margaret Wright, ended her days virtually penniless in care home. Brian Malam (right) , 60, was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to fraud while occupying a position of trust

Ms Jackson said the alarm was raised by her bank when they spotted suspicious activity on Mrs Wright’s account.

She said: ‘Mrs Wright became terribly upset about it. The matter was then reported to the police in September 2020.

‘That’s how the investigation with the police started and the matter came to light.’

The court heard Mrs Wright’s Barclay’s account was left with a £1,750.12 overdraft which was later written off by the bank.

She had just £229.94 left in another account and just 72p and 21p in a third and fourth bank account.

Ms Jackson added: ‘The prosecution has now been made aware that very sadly the victim passed away in July this year.’

The court heard Malam claimed he had used the money for his own show business costume company while also spending it on alcohol.

He stole money between 2015 and 2019 while Mrs Wright was suffering dementia and her condition was deteriorating.

Judge Paul Hobson said Malam had been entrusted as power of attorney which was ‘an important position of trust carrying with it a great deal of responsibility.’

He said: ‘The position was that you were taking money from her bank account in significant funds and either transferring into your own account or spending it directly.

‘As time went on you simply continued in what you were doing known full well the money would not be repaid realistically.’

Mrs Wright, who is known for her roles in Upstairs, Downstairs (pictured) and Pride & Prejudice, was left wearing the clothes of 'deceased' residents at her care home after having her life savings swindled

Mrs Wright, who is known for her roles in Upstairs, Downstairs (pictured) and Pride & Prejudice, was left wearing the clothes of ‘deceased’ residents at her care home after having her life savings swindled

Judge Hobson said Mrs Wright was also left having her hair cut by staff at the home because she had no money for a hairdresser.

He added: ‘Your victim had to be dressed in clothes that belonged to deceased residents of her care home due to insufficient funds.

‘She was reduced by your actions towards her.’

Malam, of Grangetown, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to fraud while occupying a position of trust.

He was jailed for two years and eight months. A proceeds of crime hearing will take place in March next year.

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