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obituaries

William Simons was already a familiar face on television when he became a household name as PC Alf Ventress in ITV’s hit nostalgic police...

As a recent graduate of LAMDA, Douglas Fielding expected to play fresh-faced young bobby on the beat PC Quilley for just three months when...

A playwright with more than 60 scripts to his name, Alan Drury was also the first literary manager to be appointed by the BBC...

In a diverse career, the charismatic dancer, choreographer and actor James Supervia danced for Frederick Ashton and Rudolf Nureyev, appeared in pantomime, fringe theatre,...

Although Adrian Brown was a BAFTA-nominated, Emmy award-winning television and theatre director, the notoriety that surrounded his relationship with Terence Rattigan during the playwright’s...

The designer and director Franco Zeffirelli, who has died at the age of 96, roamed freely across theatre, opera, television and film to produce...

A consummate radio actor with a lithe and cultured voice that commanded the ear, Stephen Thorne was a prolific contributor to the medium. By his...

As an actor, director and prolific playwright, Philip Osment, who has died at the age of 66, played a leading role in British theatre...

Paul Darrow will be best remembered as the dour, dangerous, increasingly unhinged Avon, a glowering Machiavellian presence in Terry Nation’s critically panned but cult-attracting...
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