Rodney Bewes has died at the age of 79, his agent has confirmed.
The actor had a career that spans six decades and is best known for playing Bob Ferris in the sitcom The Likely Lads.
His agent issued a statement saying: “it is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear customer, the much-loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning.”
The statement that paid tribute to the actor, calling him a “true one-off” and a “brilliant storyteller”.
“He had a funny anecdote for every occasion. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. We will miss him terribly.”
Read more here – Obituary: Rodney Bewes
Bewes was originally from Bingley in Yorkshire, but moved to Luton as a child.
Despite childhood asthma that kept him isolated until the age of 12 years, he got his first role at the age of 14 years and went on to study drama at RADA.
He gained fame in the 1960s and 1970s, playing Bob Ferris in the BBC sitcom The Likely Lads, and in its sequel, What Happened To The Boys? – which attracted audiences of up to 27m.
In 1984, he became a member of the Doctor Who cast during Peter Davison’s run as the Time Lord, playing a humanoid called Stien in the Resurrection Of The Daleks.
He died six days before he would have celebrated his 80th birthday.
Bewes is survived by his four children, Billy, Joe, Tom and Daisy – and their two grandchildren, Oscar and Eliza.
Shane Allen, controller of Comedy for the BBC, said Bewes was “beloved as half of the great British sitcom partnerships of all time.”
He added: “Audiences came to see it go from black and white to color as the renaissance was a huge success with audiences of all ages. It is one of the all-time great BBC comedies; timeless in its humor and will be enjoyed for decades.”
Tributes have also been pouring in for the star social media.
TV presenters Ant and Dec called Bewes a fine, comedic actor”.
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The comedian Jack Dee said that The Odds of Boys was one of the “big” comedies.
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The Radio presenter Danny Baker describes The Probability of Kids as the “gold standard” and “the envy of the comedy world”.
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The writer and actor Julian Dutton describes Bewes as “a great actor”.
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The Actor and comedian Tom Davis said Bewes star of “milestone for the British sitcoms”.
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And Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent paid tribute to the actor, who said, that it is used to encourage the crews in Henley.
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