Bobby Knutt obituary

Comedian and actor who enjoyed a 40-year career appearing in popular television shows such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Benidorm

Bobby Knutt, who has died aged 71, was a northern club performer before finding fame as a standup comedian on television, then acting in dramas and sitcoms. He was instantly recognisable for his large spectacles and thick curly hair and moustache, which over the years turned from dark brown to grey.

The switch to acting came when Ken Loach auditioned comedians for straight roles in his two-part drama The Price of Coal, written by Barry Hines, set in the coalfields of Knutt’s native South Yorkshire and screened in 1977, the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee. It was a process the director had followed for many years, as when he cast Duggie Brown in the 1969 film Kes (Brown was also in The Price of Coal), impressed by these performers’ lack
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Liz Sladen: "Don't forget me"

Liz Sladen says goodbye to Tom Baker's Doctor at the end of The Hand Of Fear:

Elisabeth Sladen, Doctor Who's very own plucky Metropolitan journalist and all-time great companion, has passed away at the age of 63.

Born in Liverpool on February 1st 1948, Elisabeth's performing roots started at a very young age, with a keen interest in dancing and one appearance with the Royal Ballet. Drama school beckoned after this, and by the early 1960s, she was working at the Liverpool Playhouse repertory company - where she met her husband Brian Miller (Dugdale from Snakedance).

Liz's first on-screen work was as an uncredited extra in Gerry And The Pacemakers film, Ferry Cross The Mersey in 1965. By the early 1970s, she was starting to gain roles in popular TV series such as Coronation Street, Doomwatch and Z Cars. She nearly won the role of Betty in popular sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em,
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