Richard Briers: 1934-2013

News Simon Brew 18 Feb 2013 - 12:38

The wonderful Richard Briers has died, it's been announced.

We've got some really sad news to bring you: the mighty Richard Briers has died, at the age of 79.

Just last year, we saw him in the big screen, stealing any part of Cockneys Vs Zombies he was let near. We also saluted his wonderful work in Kenneth Branagh's unfairly forgotten festive film, In The Bleak Midwinter, a film that arguably gives him his funniest big screen role. We described his turn in that film as a masterclass, but truthfully, there are all manner of things that he did that the word could be applied to his work in.

Such was the diversity of Briers' career that there's no small number of things you may know him for. Ever Decreasing Circles. The Good Life. His Hitler-esque turn in the Doctor Who story, Paradise Towers. Watership Down. Roobarb & Custard.

Heck, whether you saw his work on big screen or small, or the stage, then you'll be perfectly aware that Briers always was something quite brilliantly special. He was one of the greats, and he'll be missed enormously.

Rest in peace sir. And thank you.

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A true legend- loved him in Cockneys vs. Zombies recently.

Thank you indeed Mr Briers! A top quality entertainer, a seemingly very nice chap and a ridiculously likeable screen presence. We salute you!

Loved Orm & Cheep as a kid. R.I.P.

It doesn't matter how old any of us are, Richard Briers has always seemed to be there... a national treasure!

Too true!

He will be sadly missed

Horrible news to wake up to. Thanks for mentioning Watership Down. May he rest in peace.

It was always a pleasure to watch him onscreen. He gave me a lot of entertainment over the years and will be missed. Thanks Mr Briers!

Especially superb in If You See Good Tell Him.

R.I.P. He was great on Doctor Who and Cockneys vs. Zombies, and Watership Down was a great animated film.

Amazing talent gone, we all know his great work in comedy, The Good Life, Ever Decreasing Circles and of course his very best work: Roobarb & Custard! but he was a great series actor as well, he was really terrific in Inspector Morse and many others

And he was in Torchwood Series 2 ! RIP Richard

Just two recent things on Radio 4 I thoroughly enjoyed with him in it. Very sad.

England has lost another legend.

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