Likely Lads actor Rodney Bewes dies at age of 79

Lester Mason
November 21, 2017

British comedy legend Rodney Bewes, who starred in the hit Sixties and Seventies sitcom The Likely Lads, has died aged 79.

'Rodney was a true one off. "We will miss him terribly".

At its peak in the 1970s the BBC comedy pulled in 27 million viewers and was famed for its episode in which the lads tried to avoid the football scores.

He went on to take the leading role in the sitcom and its sequel alongside Bolam, Brigit Forsyth and Sheila Fearn.

Althought the exact details are unknown, he said that the pair had a disagreement over a press interview given by Rodney in the past.

Rodney is survived by his four children, Billy, Joe, Tom and Daisy, along with his two grandchildren, Oscar and Eliza.


Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? was one of BBC's more popular shows back in the day.

After being asked if he thought he would be best remembered for the role, Bewes said, "Actually it is the only thing I am remembered for", The Sun reported.

His wife Daphne Black passed away in 2015.

Following the upset, James reportedly refused to appear on This Is Your Life when Rodney was honoured in 1980. This was the sequel to The Likely Lads series that aired from 1973-74.

ACTOR Rodney Bewes, who lived in Henley, died this morning (November 21). "Even today, I can watch any episode of The Likely Lads and laugh like it's the first time I've seen it".

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