The Professionals star Lewis Collins dies aged 67

The British actor (pictured right, above) who played Bodie alongside Martin Shaw in the hit 1970s show dies after a battle with cancer

imagenotavailable1

The Professionals star Lewis Collins has died aged 67 following a long battle with cancer.

Advertisement

The actor, who played Bodie in the cult 1970s TV series, alongside Martin Shaw who played his partner Doyle, passed away in Los Angeles after a five-year fight with the disease.

His agent said: “He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time.”

The Professionals was based around the adventures of a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5 and ran to 57 episodes aired on ITV between 1977 and 1983.

Collins’ character was something of a young male fantasy: a former SAS soldier and hardman who also managed to charm the opposite sex while masking a keen intelligence.

The series also starred Gordon Jackson as the duo’s formidable boss Cowley.

Collins’s other notable roles included SAS captain Peter Skellen in the 1982 film Who Dares Wins.


Advertisement