Tributes pour in for 'Dalziel and Pascoe' star Warren Clarke, who has died aged 67
Actor Warren Clarke, whose roles included TV drama 'Dalziel and Pascoe', has been fondly remembered by showbusiness friends as "a true gent" following his death yesterday at the age of 67.
The star, who also appeared in films such as Stanley Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange', died after what was said to be a short illness.
Oldham-born Clarke was also known for his starring role in BBC series 'Down To Earth', about a family who leave the rat race to relocate to rural Devon, and more recently in Channel 4's 'Red Riding' trilogy.
Richard E Grant, who acted and holidayed with him, called him "hilarious and irreverent".
David Morrissey said: "He was a very special man, a great actor. We had wonderful times together on 'Red Riding'."
Lee Ingleby called him "a true gent", and comedian Jack Dee said he was a "brilliant, funny and generous man who was a joy to work with".
Clarke's death was announced by the agency which handled his career, Independent Talent Group.
A statement said: "The actor Warren Clarke died peacefully in his sleep on November 12, 2014, after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. At this time, we ask that you respect their privacy in their time of grief."
Clarke's hangdog look made him perfect for a number of bluff roles, among them his rough-around-the-edges guest role in 'Blackadder'. In his early days as an actor, in the late 1960s, he had roles as two characters in 'Coronation Street', before establishing his movie career as Dim in 'A Clockwork Orange.'