TO The Manor Born star Peter Bowles has died aged 85 after battling cancer.
Actor who played Richard DeVere on the BBC sitcom from 1979 to 1981.
He returned as a self-made entrepreneur alongside Dame Penelope Keith in a 2007 special.
Bowles’ agent Gavin Barker confirmed the tragic news in a statement today.
He said: “Actor Peter Bowles has sadly passed away at the age of 85 from cancer.
“Starting his career at the Old Vic Theater in 1956, he starred in 45 theatrical productions ending at the age of 81 in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theater.
“He worked continuously on stage and screen, becoming a household name on television playing the typical British man in To The Manor Born, Only When I Laugh, The Bounder and Lytton’s Diary thought by himself.
“He left his wife of over 60 years, Sue, and their three children Guy, Adam and Sasha.”
The tributes were paid to the star led by Piers Morgan.
He said: “RIP Peter Bowles, 85. Great actor who exudes British charm.
“Love him in To The Manor Born, Lytton’s Diary & The Bounder. Sad news.”
Bowles began his career on stage with the Old Vic Company after winning a scholarship to the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
He has played a villain in television shows including The Avengers and The Saint.
The actor also appeared in Only When I Laugh, Lytton’s Diary, The Bounder and Perfect Scoundrels.
Bowles is best known for playing luxury businessman Richard DeVere in To The Manor Born opposite Dame Penelope.
He also appeared in films such as Eyewitness 1970, The Steal 1995, Color Me Kubrick 2005 and The Bank Job in 2008.
He also starred in the BBC Two series Murder in 2016 and recently appeared alongside Jenna Coleman in the hit ITV series Victoria.
Talking about his success in sitcoms, he said in 2010: “If you have a big hit on popular television, especially in comedy, people won’t think you can act on stage. .
“People thought I was just a sitcom actor and the BBC told me I’d never do a TV series again.
“I didn’t realize there were two worlds. It was very new to me. I found it very odd and frustrating.”
Bowles was born in 1936 in London but grew up in one of the poorest areas of Nottingham.
His father was a servant and chauffeur for one of the sons of the Earl of Sandwich, while his mother was the nanny of the heir to the Duke of Argyll in Scotland.
Bowles is married to actress Susan Bennett and the couple has three children.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/4914445/peter-bowles-dead-to-the-manor-born-cancer/ Peter Bowles dies aged 85