Benidorm and Duty Free actor Keith Barron dies

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KEITH BARRON: 8 August 1934 – 15 November 2017

BRITISH TV star Keith Barron has died, aged 83, after a short illness.

Barron’s agent confirmed the news in a statement which read, “He had a long and varied career.” 

“He is survived by his wife Mary to whom he was married for 58 years and his son, Jamie, also an actor.”

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Barron made regular appearances on British TV since the 1960s with roles in Coronation Street, Duty Free, Doctor Who, Z Cars,  Casualty and Where the Heart Is.

He also guest-starred in the hit ITV comedy series Benidorm in 2009.

His most memorable role came as a leading man in the 1980s sitcom Duty Free, where he starred as Yorkshireman David Pearce.

His Duty Free co-star Gwen Taylor, who played his wife in the hit show, paid tribute to the actor, calling him a ‘kind and lovely man’.

Set in Spain, Duty Free ran for three series from 1984 until 1986 but enjoyed a stage revival in 2014 with Barron and Taylor reprising their roles. 

Taylor said, ‘I have just heard the news my old friend and colleague has died. It’s quite a blow.

‘Keith was such a kind and lovely man and don’t think I’ve met anyone that would disagree.

‘My thoughts and prayers go to his loving wife Mary and his son Jamie – whom meant so much to him.’

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