OBITUARIES

As niche markets go, championing forgotten music theatre gems and courtly masques of the English Baroque was territory ripe for revisiting when Jack Edwards...

As the dapper, unflappable and bowler-hatted John Steed, Patrick Macnee became one of the most recognisable and iconic actors of his generation, the equivalent,...
Christopher Lee

Darkly, dangerously glamorous as both vampires and villains, Christopher Lee was one of the most distinctive screen actors of his generation. And one of...
Jill Hyem on location for Tenko

Jill Hyem was an actress and writer who co-created the popular radio serial Waggoner’s Walk and later became a prominent television writer, best known...
Ron Moody

Ironically it was a flop that led to Ron Moody being cast as Fagin in the landmark 1960 production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!. While...

A stalwart of Scottish theatre for more than 30 years, Jake D’Arcy found wider fame in a string of comedies, notably as the befuddled...
Jim Bailey as Barbra Streisand in 1973

With 17 appearances at the London Palladium to his credit, Jim Bailey was the most famous American female impersonator in Britain. He specialised in such...
Christina Reid

Christina Reid was a leading light among a small group of Northern Irish playwrights who emerged in the 1980s to document the domestic toll...

Terry Sue-Patt was the first pupil to be seen onscreen in the BBC’s hugely popular school serial Grange Hill. As the small for his...
Jackie Fielding

A popular and highly regarded stalwart of theatre in the north-east of England, Jackie Fielding’s association with the Mill Dam theatre in South Shields’...

A regular face on television, often as a figure of stern authority, Peter Howell was also a more varied figure on stage for more...
Eileen Essell (centre) with Rosie Cavaliero and Michelle Gomez in BBC2's 2006 comedy Feel the Force. Photo: BBC/Alan Peebles/Catherine Bailey

Few actors find themselves being acclaimed as “a spectacular find” at the age of 84. Producer Sue Vertue’s hailing of Eileen Essell as such followed...