MCEwan passed away on Sunday (20Dec15) after suffering complications relating to lung cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She studied drama at university and performed in local theatres, but did not become a professional actress until she turned 70 years old.

MCEwan is best known for her supporting role in 2013 Oscar-nominated movie Nebraska, opposite Bruce Dern, and her recurring role on HBO comedy Getting On.

She also scored roles in TV series New Girl, Parks and Recreation and Leaving Bliss, and 2015 movie Moments of Clarity, and she had completed filming on Western drama Boonville Redemption.