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

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


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.