Great Escape star and voice of E4 Tom Adams has died

Veteran actor who was the long running voice of E4 and played RAF officer Dai Nimmo in The Great Escape has died aged 76 from cancer

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Tom Adams, the star of the much-loved film The Great Escape who also provided the voice-overs for digital channel E4, has died.

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The performer, who starred in a range of television shows including General Hospital and The Onedin Line, died aged 76 after a battle with cancer his agent Emma Harvey has confirmed.

 “A true gentleman, his personality was as big and warm as his voice,” she added. “We’ll miss him very much.”

Adams was a young actor when he landed the role of Dai Nimmo, the RAF officer in charge of diversions in the 1963 classic The Great Escape.

The film about a mass breakout from a Prisoner of War camp saw him star opposite Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and James Garner.

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He went on to play Guy Marshall in the 1960s medical drama Emergency Ward 10 and later played Sir Daniel Fogarty in The Onedin Line.