Clarissa Dickson Wright, who rose to middle-aged fame as the co-star and co-chef of “Two Fat Ladies,” a popular British television show known as much for the hosts’ irreverence and eccentricity as for their indulgent and sometimes confounding recipes, died on Saturday in Edinburgh. She was 66.
She had been ill for several months, according to Heather Holden-Brown and Elly James, her literary agents in London, who announced the death.
Ms. Dickson Wright grew up in an affluent family, became a lawyer at 21 and an alcoholic not long after. Sobered up, she got serious about cooking in her 40s.
She was writing a cooking column and running a store called Books for Cooks in London when a television producer recruited her to collude with another culinary rebel, Jennifer Paterson, on a cooking show unlike any other. “Two Fat Ladies” made its debut in 1996 on the BBCand was picked up in the United States the next year by the Food Network.