Tributes have been paid to the actor Sam Kelly, star of ’Allo ’Allo! and Porridge, who died aged 70 after a long illness.
His agent, Lynda Ronan, said he died “peacefully” and left a “host of friends who were his chosen family”.
Kelly acted in On The Up and Barbara, and recently played The Wizard in West End musical Wicked.
Ms Ronan said yesterday: “Sam Kelly died peacefully this morning after a long illness bravely fought. He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family. His death is a great loss to them and the profession.”
Among the stars paying tribute on Twitter, Stephen Fry tweeted: “Very saddened to hear about Sam Kelly’s death. He played a splendid Hitler in a comedy drama called Stalagluft I made with Nick Lyndhurst...”
Former Doctor Who Colin Baker, who was at drama school with Kelly described him as a “lovely, funny, talented chap”.