Darling Buds of May star Moray Watson dies, aged 88

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Catherine Zeta-Jones has paid tribute to Moray Watson, her Darling Buds of May co-star, who has sadly died aged 88.

The 47-year-old actress made her breakthrough in the show as Mariette and said the following to Press Association about her co-star, who played the Brigadier in the show.

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"Such sad news that the wonderful Moray has passed away. I have beautiful memories of working with him on The Darling Buds Of May.

"A true gentleman, we shall all miss him. He was and is a national treasure."

Moray's family confirmed that he passed away at Hillingdon Hospital in London on Tuesday (May 2) following a short illness.

His friend Giles Brandreth told The Telegraph: "What was extraordinary about him was his versatility. From a soap like Compact, to making a movie alongside Cary Grant, Doctor Who and the Darling Buds – he really was a safe pair of hands, and a calming influence to have on stage and on set.

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"But he was also tremendously funny... He had a fantastic sense of humour, and he would bring out these wonderfully amusing anecdotes – including an excellent impression he used to do of Cary Grant."

Moray also appeared in two episodes of Doctor Who in the 1980s and the '60s TV series The Avengers, along with various other roles in My Family, Midsummer Murders and the Vicar of Dibley.

Moray, who also acted alongside comedy legend Sir David Jason in The Darling Buds of May, studied at Eton.

He leaves a son named Robin, a daughter called Emma and four grandchildren. His wife, the American-born actress Pam Marmont, died in 1999.

Moray will be honoured in a private funeral service, with a more public memorial expected to be announced at a later date.

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From Digital Spy

Catherine Zeta-Jones has paid tribute to Moray Watson, her Darling Buds of May co-star, who has sadly died aged 88.

The 47-year-old actress made her breakthrough in the show as Mariette and said the following to Press Association about her co-star, who played the Brigadier in the show.

Photo credit: Rex Shutterstock

"Such sad news that the wonderful Moray has passed away. I have beautiful memories of working with him on The Darling Buds Of May.

"A true gentleman, we shall all miss him. He was and is a national treasure."

Moray's family confirmed that he passed away at Hillingdon Hospital in London on Tuesday (May 2) following a short illness.

His friend Giles Brandreth told The Telegraph: "What was extraordinary about him was his versatility. From a soap like Compact, to making a movie alongside Cary Grant, Doctor Who and the Darling Buds – he really was a safe pair of hands, and a calming influence to have on stage and on set.

Photo credit: Rex Shutterstock

"But he was also tremendously funny... He had a fantastic sense of humour, and he would bring out these wonderfully amusing anecdotes – including an excellent impression he used to do of Cary Grant."

Moray also appeared in two episodes of Doctor Who in the 1980s and the '60s TV series The Avengers, along with various other roles in My Family, Midsummer Murders and the Vicar of Dibley.

Moray, who also acted alongside comedy legend Sir David Jason in The Darling Buds of May, studied at Eton.

He leaves a son named Robin, a daughter called Emma and four grandchildren. His wife, the American-born actress Pam Marmont, died in 1999.

Moray will be honoured in a private funeral service, with a more public memorial expected to be announced at a later date.

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