Rodney Bewes, star of The Likely Lads, dies aged 79
The actor and writer Rodney Bewes, best known for his role on the classic Sixties sitcom The Likely Lads, has died at the age of 79.
Bewes's agent Michelle Braidman confirmed the death of her client in a tweet.
"It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning," she wrote. "Rodney was a true one off. We will miss his charm and ready wit."
Bewes came to fame starring as electrician Bob Ferris in The Likely Lads, which ran from 1964 to 1966, and its Seventies sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? The series also transferred to the big-screen in a 1976 film based on the sitcom.
He revealed in 2005 that he had not spoken to his Likely Lads costar James Bolam for over 30 years, following a dispute over a newspaper interview. He also hit out at Bolam for refusing to allow the BBC to screen repeats of the sitcom, claiming he has missed out on royalties as a result.