Vale: Ian Carmichael
Veteran British actor Ian Carmichael, who starred as Bertie Wooster in the BBC's World of Wooster, has died aged 89.
Veteran British actor Ian Carmichael, who starred as Bertie Wooster in the BBC’s World of Wooster, has died at the age of 89.
He died peacefully on Friday at his home after falling ill over Christmas.
During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a successful television actor, particularly as the PG Wodehouse character Bertie Wooster in The World of Wooster and Lord Peter Wimsey in several drama series based on the mystery novels by Dorothy L Sayers. He appeared in the BBC serial Wives and Daughters in 1999 and his most recent roles were the in the ITV drama series Heartbeat and The Royal as recently as last year.
His film work included Private’s Progress (1956) and I’m All Right Jack (1959) alongside Peter Sellers.
Keith Richardson, executive producer of The Royal, said Carmichael had filmed a couple of episodes last year which will be seen when the programme returns to the screen, possibly in the spring.
“He was a terrific professional to work with, always there first thing in the morning,” he said. “I did a TV film with him 23 years ago called A Day In Summer, and I remember thinking ‘will this be Ian Carmichael’s last film’?
“It says something about him that he went on for another 23 years.”