R.I.P. Paul Darrow – Blake's 7's Avon

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    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.”

    Here’s to you, Paul. Thank you for everything.

    Paul and a pint

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