Keith Barron: Former Coronation Street and Doctor Who actor dies aged 83

Former Coronation Street actor Keith Barron has passed away aged 83.

The late star, who was known for his roles in Duty Free and Where the Heart Is, has died after a short illness.

Keith Barron has died aged 83. Copyright [Rebecca Naden/PA]

His agent confirmed in a statement: “He had a long and varied career which included The Nigel Barton Plays by Dennis Potter of which he was immensely proud, a Hollywood film The Land That Time Forgot, the television series Take Me Home, written by Tony Marchant and three series of Duty Free, the Yorkshire Television classic sitcom written by Eric Chappell in which he played David Pearce.

Keith Barron, centre, starred alongside Gwen Taylor in ITV comedy Duty Free. (Rex Features)

“He is survived by his wife Mary to whom he was married for 58 years and his son, Jamie, also an actor.”

Keith was best known for portraying David Pearce in Duty Free, which ran from 1984 until 1986.

Keith Barron and Sherrie Hewson. Copyright [PA]

He also starred as George Trench, a pal of Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) in Coronation Street, and was a guest star in 1980s Doctor Who serial Enlightenment in the 1980s.

Keith’s final TV appearance came last year when he took on the role of Arthur Banks in 10 episodes of DCI Banks.

Keith Barron appeared in Coronation Street and The Land That Time Forgot. Copyright [Rex]

On the big screen, one of Keith’s most notable roles was in 1975 movie The Land That Time Forgot – a film adaptation of the 1924 novel of the same name by Edgar Rice Burroughs – in which he appeared alongside Doug McClure and John McEnery.

He also had guest roles in a number of other TV shows, including Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The New Avengers, The Professionals, A Touch of Frost, Stella and Doctors.

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