‘To The Manor Born’ star Peter Bowles dies from cancer aged 85.
Between 1979 and 1981, Bowles portrayed Richard DeVere in the BBC sitcom.
In a 2007 special, he reprised his role as the self-made businessman with Dame Penelope Keith.
In a statement released today, Bowles’ agent Gavin Barker confirmed the devastating news.
He said: “The actor Peter Bowles has sadly passed away at the age of 85 from cancer.
“Starting his career at the Old Vic Theatre in 1956, he starred in 45 theatrical productions ending at the age of 81 in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre.
“He worked consistently on stage and screen, becoming a household name on TV as the archetypal English gent in To The Manor Born, Only When I Laugh, The Bounder and Lytton’s Diary, which he devised himself.
“He leaves his wife of over 60 years, Sue, and their three children Guy, Adam and Sasha.”
Tributes have already been paid to the star led by Piers Morgan.
He said: “RIP Peter Bowles, 85. Wonderful actor who exuded roguish British charm.
“Loved him in To The Manor Born, Lytton’s Diary & The Bounder. Sad news.”