Dudley Sutton, best-known for his iconic role of Tinker Dill in the iconic series Lovejoy, passed away aged 85.
RIP, Dudley Sutton!
He was one of the most eminent actors of this century. Millions of fans worldwide enjoyed his incredible talent and exceptional sense of humor. He is Dudley Sutton – a true legend of the entertainment industry.
Sutton passed away at the age of 85 on September 15, surrounded by his nearest and dearest. The actor lost his battle with cancer.
Sutton had a lot of great roles in his arsenal. The actor starred in The Devils, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Leather Boys, and many others.
Few people know that Dudley started his career as a mechanic, but his dream of stage never let him go. That’s when he decided to enter the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Dudley is best-known for his role of Tinker Dill in the TV series Lovejoy. The iconic comedy-drama series was broadcasted on BBC from 1986 to 1994.
Tributes to the late star
Following his demise, numerous fans and co-stars took to social media with memorable tributes to the veteran actor.
Farewell Dudley Sutton. One of our greats and a charming man. Another one of Joan Littlewood’s brood of amazing actors leaves us. pic.twitter.com/4A79EnCFy1— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) September 15, 2018
RIP DudleySutton a great actor, wonderful bloke, a true original. I loved him. He will be greatly missed— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis6) September 15, 2018
So sad to hear Dudley Sutton has passed. Such a hilarious, warm, talented man who I’m so honoured to have worked with. Sending love to his family who he spoke of always.❤️ https://t.co/kBJLQDa9ed— Emily Jane Atack (@EmAtack) September 15, 2018
Sad to hear about Dudley Sutton dying. He played a wonderful lead role in the video for my song Midnight Mass. Off-camera he was full of steadfast beliefs, warmth and fun!— Tom Chaplin (@tomchaplin) September 15, 2018
And, of course, he played Tinker in my favourite TV show of all time. #DudleySutton https://t.co/V6dC72e5Bb
My dear, dear pal. Dudley Sutton died today. I loved him dearly. Condolences to Fanny, Peter, Barnaby, Wally and— Chris Jury (@ButAmIAFreeman) September 15, 2018
Jacqueline and all the rest of his family... and of course his extended family amongst the friends of Bill W. Love you Duds. I’ll miss... https://t.co/o2yzdZ1srY
Dudley Sutton was a person of bright talent. He will be missed so much.