There was never going to be a day when I was going to be prepared to hear this news. One of my all-time favorite British actors has left us. [LINK]
British actor Paul Darrow, best known for his role as Kerr Avon in BBC sci-fi TV series Blake’s 7, has died at the age of 78 following a short illness.
The character of Avon was second-in-command on Blake’s 7, which ran for four series between 1978 and 1981.
Darrow shared a flat with John Hurt and Ian McShane while studying at Rada.
While best-known for his Blake’s 7 role, he appeared in more than 200 television shows, including Doctor Who, The Saint, Z Cars, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Little Britain.
The Surrey-born actor also enjoyed a significant stage career, including four seasons at the Bristol Old Vic and roles in the West End.
In the mid-1960s, Paul Darrow married actress Janet Lees-Price, who he met when they co-starred in the popular ITV show Emergency Ward 10. They were together for 48 years before she died in 2012.
Tim Parker, programme director at Jack FM, added: “What an amazing, colourful character Paul was. He has mixed with the greats over the last 50 years and had a story to tell you for every occasion. His voice acting skills were like no other. We will remember and celebrate his character, personality and amazing skills for years to come.”