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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