British actor Warren Clarke, best know for his title role in BBC crime drama Dalziel and Pascoe, has died aged 67.
Clarke passed away after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.
Born in Oldham, Clarke enjoyed an acting career that spanned six decades, beginning with two roles in Coronation Street, as Kenny pickup in 1966 and Gary Bailey in 1968.
His first major film appearance in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial classic A Clockwork Orange was followed by parts alongside Charlton Heston in 1972’s Anthony and Cleopatra and in Clint Eastwood’s Firefox in 1982.
But it was Clarke’s performance as grumpy cop DS Andy Dalziel, opposite Colin Buchanan in BBC1’s long-running police drama Dalziel and Pascoe, for which he is best remembered.
The adaptation of the novels by Reginald Hill ran for over ten years and for 11 series and followed the two detective partners who were polar opposites but together formed a brilliant crime-solving team.
Clarke had recently been filming the BBC’s remake of period drama Poldark with Aidan Turner.