Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85
Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

One of Britain's best-loved entertainers, Ronnie Corbett, has died at the aged of 85.

A statement from his publicist said: “Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.

“They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”

Mr Corbett was one of the UK's best-loved comedians and along with Ronnie Barker. The pair's double act was one of the most successful of its kind in the 1970s and '80s.

Tony Peers, a Scarborough businessman and entertainer, said: "It's a really really sad time that one of the greats, the true greats, has passed away.

"I met him when he was doing pantomime. He was charming, funny, kind man.

"When somebody of his stature goes the business is a bit lost.

"He was such an icon and obviously at all a time like this your thoughts go out to his family."

Nick Thomas, Chairman, Qdos Entertainment Ltd, said: "Having grown up watching Ronnie Corbett on TV I was delighted he became one of the first big TV stars I produced in pantomime back in 1989. Having him on our books opened the door for me to Newcastle Theatre Royal, where I have produced the annual pantomime ever since.

"In 2003, my firm Qdos Entertainment acquired the International Artistes talent agency, which represented Ronnie, so our association continued for many years. He was a true gentleman off stage and a consummate professional on stage. 'A class act' in every respect - he will be sorely missed."

Following Ronnie Barker's death in 2005, Corbett continued to be regular fixture on TV and known for his armchair "shaggy dog" sketches.

His most memorable solo projects include the sitcom Sorry! and the game show Small Talk.

Scottish-born Corbett started his TV comedy career in 1960 on the satirical comedy the Frost Report.

It was here he first worked with Barker and formed the duo which became a British TV classic.

The Two Ronnies ran from 1971 to 1987 and saw the comedians take part in musical performances and sketches.