Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Likely Lads actor Rodney Bewes dies at age of 79

Likely Lads actor Rodney Bewes dies at age of 79

Actor Rodney Bewes, best known as the star of The Likely Lads in a career spanning six decades, has died aged 79, his agent has confirmed. We will miss his charm and ready wit'.

Paying tribute to the celebrated talent, the statement continued: "He had a amusing anecdote for every occasion".

He is survived by four children and two grandchildren.

His wife Daphne Black passed away in 2015.

Bewes and co-star James Bolam played old friends whose lives stayed locked together in Likely Lads, but that wasn't to be reflected in real life.

Rodney rose to fame in hit British sitcom The Likely Lads, which aired on BBC from 1964 to 1966.

Other early roles came in repertory theatre and TV series like Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green, before Bewes finally secured his starmaking role in The Likely Lads alongside longtime collaborator James Bolam in 1962.

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Despite appearing close on-screen, the pair hadn't spoken to each other for nearly 40 years.

It's understood the feud began in 1976, when Bewes told a personal story about Bolam in a press interview.

He also appeared in the just as popular 1970s sequel, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

Describing him as a "true one off" and a "brilliant storyteller", agent Michelle Braidman said: "He had a amusing anecdote for every occasion".

Another said: "Sad news about Rodney Bewes". It was there in Bob and Terry's tendency to lapse into reminiscence at the slightest provocation; in Terry's inability to settle back into civilian life after five years in the army; and in the late Rodney Bewes's face, which seemed to naturally arrange itself into a mournful expression.

Howard Goodall, the composer of so many great comedy theme tunes, said: 'I know it's not quite Prince or Victoria Wood or Bowie passing on but my youth was so enriched by the hilarity, guile and dry Geordie wonderfulness of The Likely Lads that I'm sad to hear #RodneyBewes has died.

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