English actor Geoffrey Palmer OBE has died:
With his hangdog expression and lugubrious delivery, Geoffrey Palmer was one of the best-known actors of his generation.
He cut his teeth on the stage before launching a career as a character actor in a variety of roles in film and TV.
He was perhaps most famous for a series of TV sitcoms including Butterflies, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and As Time Goes By.
A reserved man, he usually remained out of the public gaze when not appearing on stage or screen, and rarely gave interviews. . .