Actor Edward Kelsey, who played Joe Grundy on The Archers on Radio 4, dies at the age of 88

The Archers star Edward Kelsey, who played the character Joe Grundy for 34 years, died at the age of 88.

The actor and voiceover artist, known as Ted for his loved ones, became part of the famous Grundy family of the BBC Radio 4 soap opera in 1985.

He died peacefully & # 39; yesterday, the BBC reported this afternoon.

His family has paid him a tribute by saying that he has an & # 39; insatiable curious spirit & # 39; had, with actor Jeremy Howe of Archers who described him as a & # 39; brilliant actor and a truly nice man & # 39 ;.

They added that despite increasing health problems, he was always determined to convince doctors that he was fit enough to work and register with his & # 39; extended family & # 39; in the BBC's studios in Birmingham.

Kelsey recorded his final scenes earlier this month and will come out of the air in the coming weeks.

The archer plays Edward Kelsey, (pictured in 2000), who spent 34 years expressing the character Joe Grundy on the BBC Radio 4 soap, died at the age of 88, it was announced today

The archer plays Edward Kelsey, (pictured in 2000), who spent 34 years expressing the character Joe Grundy on the BBC Radio 4 soap, died at the age of 88, it was announced today

The BBC has announced the death of Kelsey today and describes it as a & # 39; beloved and respected member of our Ambridge family & # 39;

The BBC has announced the death of Kelsey today and describes it as a & # 39; beloved and respected member of our Ambridge family & # 39;

The BBC has announced the death of Kelsey today and describes it as a & # 39; beloved and respected member of our Ambridge family & # 39;

Apart from his time in the fictional village of Ambridge, he was also known for expressing the characters of Colonel K and Baron Silas Greenback in the children's film Danger Mouse from the 1980s.

Kelsey also had small parts in The Vicar Of Dibley and Dr. Who.

His family said today in a statement: & # 39; Ted was extremely lucky to be able to enjoy a long and varied career by doing the thing he loved, to entertain an audience, and it was indeed lucky to have so much to have met and worked with talented, generous people. , creative people on the move.

Ted Kelsey also gave his voice to characters from the children's film Danger Mouse from the eighties

Ted Kelsey also gave his voice to characters from the children's film Danger Mouse from the eighties

Ted Kelsey also gave his voice to characters from the children's film Danger Mouse from the eighties

& # 39; He embodied the principle that the show should always go on – his greatest concern due to the increasingly poor health the need to convince medical staff that he was fit enough to record with his & # 39; extended family & # 39; in Birmingham.

& # 39; He had an insatiable curious mind and never lost his appetite for lively conversation, good company and, of course, a great storyline. & # 39;

Editor Howe added: & # 39; Ted & # 39; s time in Ambridge gave us one of the great performances in the history of British radio – idiosyncratic, warm, grumpy but generous, dripping with Grundy magic and wonderfully funny.

& # 39; Ted & # 39; s Joe Grundy was a brilliant creation because Ted was a brilliant actor – and a really beautiful man and a great company member.

& # 39; A beloved part of our team, I am sure we will all agree that working with Ted was a rare privilege and that he will be missed very much. & # 39;

Writing on Twitter, the official The Archers account of the BBC said: & # 39; We remember & # 39; Ted & # 39 ;, Edward Kelsey, who died peacefully yesterday.

& # 39; Ted played Joe Grundy for 34 years and was a beloved and respected member of our Ambridge family. & # 39;

Kelsey was born in Hampshire in 1930 and went to medical school, but soon decided to exchange medicine for art, a study at the Royal Academy of Music.

Ted Kelsey (pictured with his Archers co-stars and on-air family Philip Molloy, Trevor Harrison and Rosalind Adams) took over the role of Joe Grundy from Haydn Jones in 1985

Ted Kelsey (pictured with his Archers co-stars and on-air family Philip Molloy, Trevor Harrison and Rosalind Adams) took over the role of Joe Grundy from Haydn Jones in 1985

Ted Kelsey (pictured with his Archers co-stars and on-air family Philip Molloy, Trevor Harrison and Rosalind Adams) took over the role of Joe Grundy from Haydn Jones in 1985

Sagittarius fans have already used social media to pay tribute to him, saying his voice is a & # 39; daily part of their life & # 39; used to be

Sagittarius fans have already used social media to pay tribute to him, saying his voice is a & # 39; daily part of their life & # 39; used to be

Sagittarius fans have already used social media to pay tribute to him, saying his voice is a & # 39; daily part of their life & # 39; used to be

He then obtained a six-month contract with BBC Radio Drama, which led to the safeguarding of the role of Joe Grundy, who took over from Haydn Jones.

His character Joe was known over the years for & # 39; his share in scams & # 39 ;. He had devised schedules where he saw that he & # 39; of course & # 39; spring water from his own country bottled and made plagiarism during a one-time broadcast on the radio.

He suffered from & # 39; farmer & # 39; s lung & # 39 ;, a disease caused by an allergy to certain moldy crops.

Fans had speculated that he & # 39; in recent months & # 39; sounded weak, with his on-air character considered 97-year-old.

Sagittarius fanatics have already come to the social media to pay tribute to him, saying that his voice is a & # 39; daily part of their life & # 39; used to be.

Kelsey is depicted with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in February 2001

Kelsey is depicted with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in February 2001

Kelsey is depicted with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in February 2001