Heartbeat actor Peter Benson, who performed Bernie Scripps within the ITV collection, has died aged 75, his agent has confirmed.
Benson died on Thursday after a brief sickness.
He was identified for taking part in the Yorkshire-based drama’s funeral director in all the present’s 18 collection throughout its run from 1992 to 2010.
His character additionally ran a storage within the fictional city of Aidensfield and sometimes received concerned in disastrous money-making schemes with Claude Greengrass (Invoice Maynard) and half-brother Vernon Scripps (Geoffrey Hughes).
Heartbeat actor Peter Benson (pictured in 2004), who performed Bernie Scripps within the ITV collection, has died aged 75, his agent has confirmed
Benson additionally made appearances in BBC comedy Blackadder as Henry VII, ITV 1980s cleaning soap opera Albion Market and extra just lately in two episodes of hospital drama Casualty.
Benson was a highly-skilled singer and dancer and an achieved theatre actor. He and Maynard starred on stage collectively in a manufacturing of Trinity Tales in 1977.
He portrayed the title function in Shakespeare’s Henry VI in a BBC tv adaption of the play in 1983.
One in every of Benson’s former Heartbeat co-stars Steven Blakeley, who performed Laptop Geoff Youthful within the present, was amongst these to pay tribute to him.
Blakeley mentioned: ‘Farewell Peter Benson. You made me chortle a lot. There’ll by no means be one other such as you – proficient, form and mild in equal measure. Bless you and relaxation nicely sir.’
Lisa Kay, who performed the character of Emma Bryden, wrote on social media: ‘Such unhappy information that the fantastic Peter Benson has handed away.
The actor enjoying funeral director Bernie Scripps within the seventh collection of Heartbeat in 1997
Peter Benson pictured enjoying Bernie Scripps alongside co-star Ann Mitchell in Heartbeat
Peter Benson as Bernie Scripps with Tina Grey as Alice within the 10th collection of the drama in 2001
Peter Benson as Bernard Elliott in an episode of the ITV collection ‘A Contact of Frost’ in 1994
Benson portrayed the title function in Shakespeare’s Henry VI in a BBC adaption of the play in 1983
‘He was all the time a complete gentleman and nice enjoyable to work with. He was dearly cherished and shall be missed terribly by his Heartbeat household. RIP Peter.’
Fiona Dolman, who performed Laptop Mike Bradley’s (Jason Durr) solicitor spouse Jackie, added: ‘What unhappy information. Peter Benson was among the finest.
‘Form, humorous, sensible, light and deliciously sarcastic. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and will probably be missed by so many.’
Actor Matt Corridor mentioned: ‘Completely gutted to listen to Peter Benson has handed. Throughout my time engaged on Heartbeat he made me so welcome.
‘He’d all the time have lunch with me, ask the way it was going & was so humorous. We saved in contact as he mentioned he was all the time pleased to provide recommendation.’
Benson with David Lonsdale and Geoffrey Hughes in entrance of the fictional funeral agency in 2006
Bernie Scripps, performed by Peter Benson, with Vernon Scripps, as performed by Geoffrey Hughes
Benson with Tricia Penrose as Gina Ward and Invoice Maynard as Claude Jeremiah Greengrass
Rupert Vansittart as Lord Ashfordly and Peter Benson as Bernie Scripps in a 2002 episode
Peter Benson as Bernie Scripps and David Lonsdale as David Stockwell in Heartbeat in 2000
Peter Benson as Bernie with Russ Abbot as Stanley Leroy within the BBC drama in December 2000
Peter Benson, who has died on the age of 75, as Bernie Scripps in a 2006 episode of Heartbeat
Benson with David Stockwell, performed by David Lonsdale and Geoffrey Hughs as Vernon Scripps