Actor Dudley Sutton dies at age 85: colleagues pay homage to Lovejoy & # 39; s Tinker

Actor Dudley Sutton, known for playing Tinker Dill on the television series Lovejoy, died at age 85

Dudley Sutton, known for playing Tinker Dill in the television series Lovejoy, died at age 85.

His former colleagues have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the late actor.

Chris Jury, who starred alongside Dudley on the BBC series Lovejoy, said on Twitter: "Dear, dear friend, Dudley Sutton died today, I loved him very much.

Actor Dudley Sutton, known for playing Tinker Dill on the television series Lovejoy, died at age 85

Actor Dudley Sutton, known for playing Tinker Dill on the television series Lovejoy, died at age 85

Condolences to Fanny, Peter, Barnaby, Wally and Jacqueline and the rest of their family … and of course to their extended family among the friends of Bill W. Love you Duds & # 39;

Dudley's agent confirmed that the actor died this afternoon.

Speaking last year about the fame he received from Lovejoy, Dudley said: "It's what they're going to say in my obituary when I die, regardless of all the different and diverse things that I've done throughout my life.

"It's very funny because Lovejoy is so popular all over the world, wherever you go, but people recognize Tinker, they do not recognize Dudley Sutton.

Dudley first became known after playing a gay biker in The Leather Boys before playing Tinker from 1986 to 1994

Dudley first became known after playing a gay biker in The Leather Boys before playing Tinker from 1986 to 1994

Dudley first became known after playing a gay biker in The Leather Boys before playing Tinker from 1986 to 1994

Dudley rose to fame playing a gay cyclist in The Leather Boys before taking on the role of Tinker in 1986, a character he played until 1994.

Fans will also remember him from his season as William Makepeace at Emmerdale in 2014.

Speaking in 2016 about why he loved being an actor, he said: "Smile on the subway or shout for white truckers or truck drivers, that's the real reward." And the last thing is when they say: "You've given us a lot of pleasure." # 39;

Dudley (pictured in 1969) had a brief stint in Emmerdale playing William Makepeace in 2014

Dudley (pictured in 1969) had a brief stint in Emmerdale playing William Makepeace in 2014

Dudley (pictured in 1969) had a brief stint in Emmerdale playing William Makepeace in 2014

"It's not bad to look back on your life and know that you've done that."

Dudley, who has a son with American actress Marjorie Steele, had been in a hospice in London since July.

His last professional work was a leading role in a video for Tom Chaplin's midnight mass in November 2017.

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