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Dudley Sutton dies aged 85.

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  1. Swami

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    Dudley Sutton, aka Lovejoy's Tinker, dead aged 85
    • 16 September 2018
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    Image caption Dudley Sutton played Tinker Dill in 70 episodes of the BBC hit Lovejoy
    Actor Dudley Sutton, known to millions as Tinker Dill from TV's Lovejoy, has died aged 85.

    A veteran of the small and big screen, he starred opposite Ian McShane's roguish antiques dealer in the BBC comedy-drama from 1986 to 1994.

    Former colleagues and co-stars paid tribute to the "great actor and wonderful bloke", who was diagnosed with cancer this year.

    Sutton's agent said he died peacefully surrounded by friends and family.

    Born in Surrey in April 1933, he served as an RAF mechanic before enrolling in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


    He was later expelled, but went on to join legendary stage director Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop group.

    'Diverse career'
    After appearing in numerous plays during the 1950s and 1960s, Sutton's breakout screen role was the part of a gay biker in 1964's the Leather Boys.

    He later appeared in films such as The Devils, and The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

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    Image caption Sutton starred alongside Ian McShane's titular antiques dealer (centre), and Chris Jury (left)
    But, speaking last year, Sutton acknowledged most audiences would remember him as Tinker, "regardless of all the different and diverse stuff" he had worked on.

    His other TV appearances included a special Christmas episode of BBC sitcom Porridge, in which he played hostage-taker Reg Urwin, and an instalment of ITV crime drama The Sweeney.

    In his later career he had a recurring role as conman Wilfred Atkins in EastEnders, as well as smaller parts in Holby City and Channel 4's teen drama Skins.

    'Warm, talented man'
    Sutton died at the Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham, south London.

    In July this year, he recorded a message from his bed praising staff at the NHS-run hospice, who he said had "cared for him beautifully".

    A message from his family said: "Today we're devastated by the loss of our beautiful Dudley, who leaves a gaping hole in all our lives.

    "We're grateful for the love expressed by friends and fans everywhere and for the extraordinary care he received at the [hospice], where he went out fighting for our NHS."

    Former co-stars and showbiz friends also paid tribute to Sutton on social media.

    Swami
     
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    RIP Dudley Sutton

    I remember him for 2 roles, 1 in Lovejoy as Tinker and the other as reg in Porridge
     
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    I also remember a great supporting role he had in an episode of Dempsey and Makepeace (around 1985 - 1986).

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    I saw him in things from Thriller, Crossplot, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Devils, a two part appearance as a nasty baddie in The Baron, memorable baddie appearance in The Saint...Randall and Hopkirk Deceased (both versions) and Department S. Saw him in Doctors and Father Brown in recent years.

    Been a sad few days with Jacqueline Pearce, Carole Shelley,Peter Benson, Zienia Merton, Fenella Fielding and Liz Fraser passing away. Most of whom I met.
     
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