Actor and Just a Minute presenter Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96.
Parsons made his West End stage debut in The Hasty Heart, at the Aldwych Theatre in 1945. He went on to appear in plays such as Boeing Boeing and was resident comedian at the Windmill Theatre in the 1950s.
Parsons was also in the original London cast of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, and played the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show in the West End in 1994. He also performed one-man shows in Edinburgh and at other festivals.
He had hosted the game show Just a Minute since it was first broadcast in 1967.
In a statement, BBC director general Tony Hall said: “Very few people have done so much to entertain audiences over the decades, and no one deserves to be called a broadcasting legend more than Nicholas Parsons. His charm, inventive intellect and ability to create laughs were unsurpassed. Our thoughts are with his family and all who knew him.”
Parson’s death was confirmed in a statement issued on behalf of his family by his agent.
“He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital,” the statement said.