British actor Geoffrey Hughes, famous for his roles in Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 68.
Hughes died on Friday night after a two year battle with prostate cancer. He thought he had beaten prostate cancer in 2009 but discovered it had returned a year later after he collapsed at his home in the Isle of Wight.
He first appeared in 1960s classics such as Z-Cars and The Likely Lads and was the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles film The Yellow Submarine.
He played binman Eddie Yates in Coronation Street for nine years until the early 80s and the role of Hyacinth’s lazy brother-in-law Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances for five years. He also played wheeler dealer Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat and Twiggy in The Royle Family.
Other roles included Skins, Doctor Who, Casualty, Boon and The Upper Hand.
Ricky Tomlinson, who acted alongside him in The Royle Family, said: “Geoff wasn’t just an actor. He was my mate. I used to call him every few weeks but hadn’t spoken to him in about a fortnight. It’s such a loss.”
Gavin and Stacey star Mathew Horne tweeted: “Sad to hear of Geoffrey Hughes passing. Onslow was the original LAD.”