Wednesday 26 July 2017

Worzel Gummidge and Catweazle star Geoffrey Bayldon has died at 93

The actor Geoffrey Bayldon, famous for his portrayal of the scruffy magician Catweazle, has died at the age of 93. Pic: Getty
The actor Geoffrey Bayldon, famous for his portrayal of the scruffy magician Catweazle, has died at the age of 93. Pic: Getty

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The much-loved British actor has died at 93.

BBC presenter Lizo Mzimba confirmed the news, tweeting: "Sad news. Actor Geoffrey Bayldon, best known for playing Catweazle and Worzel Gummidge's Crowman has passed away aged 93 his agency has says (sic).

The Leeds-born actor came to wider fame in the 1960s in movies such as To Sir With Love and the original Casino Royale, in which he played Q.

But it was his role as Crow Man in Worzel Gummidge and the scruffy magician in Catweazle which endeared him to children across Ireland and the UK.

Bayldon also played the Governor in the film version of Porridge.

Geoffrey was even approached by the BBC to play the first Doctor in Doctor Who - but turned them down in favour of Catweazle. He was asked a second time but said no again as he felt he was too old.

His most recent work before retirement was in 2007's New Tricks and in the 2010 series of My Family.

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