Dudley Sutton died today aged 85, after an extended stay in a hospice.
His Lovejoy co-star Chris Jury confirmed the news to fans on Twitter, writing: “My dear, dear pal. Dudley Sutton died today.
“I loved him dearly. Condolences to Fanny, Peter, Barnaby, Wally and Jacqueline and all the rest of his family… and of course his extended family amongst the friends of Bill W. Love you, Duds.”
Dudley joined the cast of BBC series Lovejoy as the lead character’s pal Tinker Dill.
Among his many TV and Film roles, the celebrated talent also played a gay biker named Pete in big screen spectacular The Leather Boys, released in 1964.
In 2004, Dudley starred alongside EastEnders’ Danny Dyer, 41, in The Football Factory.
Following news of Dudley’s passing, his fans and peers have taken to social media to pay their respects.
Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, 58, tweeted: “Farewell, Dudley Sutton. One of our greats and a charming man. Another one of Joan Littlewood’s brood of amazing actors leaves us.”
While one fan posted: “Sad news that Dudley Sutton has died at the age of 85. An underrated actor, who was always good value in the roles he played. Travel well.”