Friday 19 January 2018

Sir Lenny Henry pays tribute to ‘one of the best’ Larrington Walker

Larrington Walker’s agent said he “brought so much to the world”.

Larrington Walker
Larrington Walker

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Sir Lenny Henry has led tributes following the death of actor Larrington Walker.

The Jamaica-born actor, who worked in television, film and on stage, passed away at the weekend at the age of 70.

His agent Femi Oguns confirmed the sad news on Twitter, saying: “It’s with a very heavy heart that I announce the angels have been called to bring my friend and client Sir Larrington Walker home.”

Larrington Walker, Sir Lenny Henry and Joivan Wade onstage

Oguns went on: “I know this great man has brought so much to the world and this will come as a great shock that those who know him. I feel so empty right now so emotional.

“My heart is with the family and friends. Thank you for all the great conversations filled with love guidance, wisdom and Laughter.

“My life will never be the same without you great sir as I’m sure with many others.

Sir Lenny, who appeared in the production Rudy’s Rare Records with Walker, wrote on Twitter: “One of the best has gone. Rest easy Larry. Xx.”

The star also shared video of Walker being honoured at an event at the Bafta studios.

Actress Noma Dumezweni also paid tribute, posting an image of a broken heart on Twitter. “LOVED Him!” she said.

She also commented on the tribute footage, saying: “This is Just Perfect… So Much love for and History from this man…”

Writer and broadcaster Danny Robins said: “Larrington Walker was one of the good guys. A true gentleman who made me laugh a lot. Can’t believe he’s gone.”

EastEnders actress Ellen Thomas said: “My heart is breaking.”

Prime Suspect’s Tanya Moodie said Walker was a “lovely, talented legend of an actor”.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1947, Walker moved to the UK in 1956.

His television career included Taboo, The Bill and Inspector Morse and he appeared in films including Human Traffic and Second Coming. He was also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for several years.

Press Association

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