John Barrowman and Denise Van Outen lead tributes to Lionel Blair

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John Barrowman and Denise Van Outen have led celebrity tributes to late entertainer Lionel Blair.

The TV presenter and dancer, who was best known for being a team captain on the game show Give Us a Clue, passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 92, his agent announced that evening.

Showbiz friends reacted to the news of his death on social media, with former Doctor Who star Barrowman tweeting, "I laughed with him many a time at many a Showbiz event. He was an all-round Entertainer. A true Pro," while Van Outen shared a throwback pantomime poster on Twitter and added, "RIP Lionel Blair. I did my first panto with him Red heart. Lovely man."

Singer and stage actor Michael Ball commented, "Just heard we have lost Lionel Blair. A funny, kind, generous, compassionate and gifted man. So sad for his family and for our business. A total one off. RIP lovely man," while broadcaster Piers Morgan simply wrote, "A wonderful all-round entertainer & lovely man. Sad news."

Amanda Barrie and Sheila Ferguson, who starred alongside Blair in the reality show The Real Marigold Hotel in 2017, also added tributes.

"I miss you already, dear Lionel. Laughing from 1954 until two weeks ago. From dance, stage, and screen, you kickstarted so many of our careers. But our shared laughter is my greatest tribute. 'And a 5,6,7,8....' #lionelblair #realmarigoldhotel," the former Corrie actress tweeted, while The Three Degrees star added, "I was just thinking about him today. My heart hurts. #RIPLionelBlair. Friend since the '70s, #TheRealMarigoldHotel and beyond."

Julian Clary, Bonnie Langford, Danny Baker, and Vicki Michelle also posted tributes on social media.

In addition to Give Us a Clue, which ran between 1979 and 1992, Blair was also known for acting in Ricky Gervais' Extras and appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.

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