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7 November 2020 at 1:13 pm
- The star died peacefully at home and had parts in some of Britain’s best-loved series through the ages
- Speaking in 2018 collaborator Dame Judi Dench said he was the ‘naughtiest man I have ever worked with’
- The British legend died aged 93 and is survived by his wife Sally Green, with whom he had a daughter and son
PUBLISHED: 00:50 AEDT, 7 November 2020 | UPDATED: 04:04 AEDT, 7 November 2020
British sitcom legend Geoffrey Palmer, best known for his roles in Butterflies, As Time Goes By and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, has died at home aged 93.
The veteran star, known for his hangdog features and distinctive voice, had parts in some of the nation’s best-loved TV series and was once a staple on screens watched by millions.
Younger viewers will remember his turn in the 2014 Paddington film where he played Head Geographer.
But those longer in the tooth will remember him from the The Avengers and The Saint in the 1960s, and alongside Leonard Rossiter in The Rise And Fall of Reginald Perrin in the 1970s.
Dame Judi Dench joked he was the ‘naughtiest man she’d ever worked with’ after their appearance together in As Time Goes By, which saw Palmer play Lionel Hardcastle, between 1992 and 2005.
He is survived by his wife Sally Green and his children Charles and Harriet.
In a statement released today, Palmer’s agent said simply: ‘We regret to sadly announce that the actor Geoffrey Palmer died peacefully at home yesterday aged 93.’
Palmer, who was born in London in 1927, was known predominantly for his comedy roles.
However, he also starred in multiple episodes of Doctor Who, including the 1970 episode Doctor Who And The Silurians and 2007’s Voyage Of The Damned.
A tweet from the official Doctor Who account said they are ‘sad to report his death’.Geoffrey Palmer and his wife Sally at the The Dr Who Christmas Episode premiere in 2007, after his role in the showGeoffrey starred with frequent collaborator Dame Judi Dench in the TV hit As Time Goes By, one of many future team-upsHe was also known for his role in Butterflies alongside Wendy Craig and Nicholas Lyndhurst as well as Andrew Hall
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin starring Leonard Rossiter as Reginald Perrin and Geoffrey Palmer as Jimmy Anderson
The veteran star died peacefully at home and had parts in some of Britain’s best-loved series spanning decades