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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