14:40 13 November 2014
British actor Warren Clarke who appeared in the BBC One dramas Call the Midwife and Down to Earth, has passed away at the age of 67 after a short illness. Best known for TV role in Dalziel And Pascoe, the actor was due to appear in a remake of Poldark.
In 1997, Clarke talked about his character and said: "One of the reasons I did the series was because I loved the fact that he doesn't bow to liberal views of society.
"He's this bloke from the North who's farting, scratching and behaving badly with women."
Clarke, who started his acting career on the stage of the Liverpool Playhouse, played a number of smaller roles before being noticed in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.
Following the news of his passing, celebrities started paying tribute. David Morrissey, who starred in Red Riding, tweeted: "So sad to hear about the death of Warren Clarke. He was a very special man/great actor. We had wonderful times together on Red Riding."
Actor Will Mellor, on the other hand, described Clarke as “a generous man on and off screen.” "He played my dad and was a real father figure to me and a friend as well as an acting colleague," he said.
Withnail & I actor Richard E Grant said: "Worked with him twice and shared a holiday in the Caribbean. Hilarious and irreverent."