Barry Norman dead: Legendary film critic has died aged 83
Tributes have already started pouring in from peers and fans
Legendary film critic Barry Norman has died aged 83.
The former BBC presenter died in his sleep on Friday night, according to his family.
His daughters, Samantha and Emma, released a statement and referred to him as "remarkable", adding, "He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career".
They added, "He leaves behind a family who adore him and a great roster of friends who love him too. We will miss him more than we can say."
He was best known as the host of BBC One's 'Film...' which he fronted between 1972 and 1998 and interviewed Hollywood greats including Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.
Tributes have already begun pouring in.
Watching Barry Norman review films was a pleasure, an education, and an inspiration. Wit, knowledge & wry enthusiasm. He was the Master.— Mark Kermode (@KermodeMovie) July 1, 2017
Sad to hear of Barry Norman’s departure. A film critic and a provider of fine pickled onions. That’s a good life https://t.co/g1fpNIkB0H— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) July 1, 2017
Very sad to hear that Barry Norman has left us. A great critic and a lovely, lovely man.— Jonathan Ross (@wossy) July 1, 2017
RIP Barry Norman. The first film critic I started following/watching. Used to enjoy 'arguing' with him. One of the great tv theme tunes too. pic.twitter.com/2S4zX1Nb06— Tom Reagan’s Hat (@reagan_hat) July 1, 2017
Very sad to hear about Barry Norman. A great writer, a great film critic, and a lovely man. So long, sir, and thanks for all the jumpers. pic.twitter.com/snWJFFjtfy— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) July 1, 2017
RIP the great Barry Norman - our most famous & charming film critic & an icon of 80s TV... "and why not?" 🎬🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/5UBEXfHNH1— JONATHAN SOTHCOTT (@sothcott) July 1, 2017