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Actor Anthony Valentine dies aged 76

Anthony Valentine. Photo: Sasha Gusov Anthony Valentine. Photo: Sasha Gusov
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Actor Anthony Valentine, who found fame in television dramas Colditz and Raffles, has died at the age of 76.

His death on December 2 was confirmed in a statement from his agent, Derek Webster, who said the actor had died “peacefully” in his sleep. Valentine had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012.

A child actor who worked in television and on film, he went on to have a long career on stage and screen that included credits as an actor, director and writer.

His theatre credits included the premiere of Arnold Wesker’s Chicken Soup With Barley and West End appearances in No Sex Please We’re British, Sleuth, Art and Hans Andersen at the London Palladium.

He found fame in a string of television successes in the 1970s and 1980s, most notably as ruthless villains in Callan and Colditz, and the eponymous gentleman thief Raffles.

Paying tribute on social media, actor Peter Egan said: “Tony was a brilliant friend and a gr8 [sic] actor – he’ll be missed”

Stephen Fry said: “So sorry to hear that Anthony Valentine has died. His splendid performances in Colditz and Raffles were a happy part of my childhood.”

Equity described him as a “fine actor and perfect gentleman”.

A full obituary will appear in the December 10 issue of The Stage.