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The Likely Lads actor Rodney Bewes dies, aged 79

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Photo credit: Moviestore Collection / Rex Shutterstock

From Digital Spy

[James Bolam and Rodney Bewes in The Likely Lads]

TV, stage and film actor Rodney Bewes has died at the age of 79.

Bewes was best known for playing Bob Ferris in classic BBC sitcom The Likely Lads, as well as follow-up series Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and movie spin-off The Likely Lads.

His passing was confirmed by his agent Michelle Braidman Associates, who wrote on Twitter: "It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning. Rodney was a true one off. We will miss his charm and ready wit."

The original Likely Lads series, airing from 1964 to 1966 in black and white, made Bewes one of the most recognised faces on British TV. Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the sitcom followed the daily life of two working class men from Newcastle, the other played by James Bolam.

Its huge success led to a sequel series and a movie in 1973 and 1976 respectively, while radio versions of some episodes were also made.

The two stars ultimately fell out over an interview that Bewes gave, where he told a private story about Bolam's wife's pregnancy, apparently thinking it had been made public already. Bewes revealed in his 2005 autobiography, A Likely Story, that the pair has subsequently not spoken in 30 years.

Photo credit: Moviestore Collection / Rex Shutterstock
Photo credit: Moviestore Collection / Rex Shutterstock

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