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Sexton Blake star Payne dies

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Actor Laurence Payne, who won fame on television as the 1920s detective Sexton Blake, has died at the age of 89.

Sexton Blake, made by ITV, ran from 1967-1971 and was one of the most popular children's serials of its day. It also featured actors Roger Foss and Ernest Clark.

Payne had a distinguished stage career before working in television and in the 1940s was a leading player with the Old Vic Theatre. He also starred at Stratford-upon-Avon and appeared as Romeo in Peter Brook's 1947 production. He played the title role in Hamlet at the Embassy Theatre in London.

Other TV credits included Z Cars, Tales of the Unexpected and he also starred in three Doctor Who serials: The Gunfighters, The Leisure Hive and The Two Doctors.

He died on February 23, 2009. A full obituary will appear in The Stage newspaper.

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