To The Manor Born star Peter Bowles dies aged 85

To The Manor Born star Peter Bowles dies aged 85. Credit: Twitter

To The Manor Born star Peter Bowles dies aged 85.

HEARTBREAKING NEWS – Comedy legend Peter Bowles, star of To The Manor Born and Victoria, dies aged 85, according to his agent.

Bowles, best known for his role as Richard DeVere in BBC series To The Manor Born, passed away from cancer.

A statement to the PA news agency said: “The actor Peter Bowles has sadly passed away at the age of 85 from cancer.

“Starting his career at the Old Vic Theatre in 1956, he starred in 45 theatrical productions ending at the age of 81 in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre.

“He worked consistently on stage and screen, becoming a household name on TV as the archetypal English gent in To The Manor Born, Only When I Laugh, The Bounder and Lytton’s Diary, which he devised himself.

“He leaves his wife of over 60 years, Sue, and their three children Guy, Adam and Sasha.”

As Richard DeVere in To The Manor Born, Bowles delighted audiences as the self-made businessman alongside Dame Penelope Keith. He starred in the first series in 1979 and remained in the role until 1981. Later, the pair would reprise their legendary roles in a 2007 special.

More recently, Bowles starred as the Duke of Wellington in the hit British historical television drama series Victoria, which ran from 2016 to 2019.

Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the talented actor.

“RIP Peter Bowles – you gave us many laughs,” one person wrote.

Another said: “Awww….another one gone….RIP Peter Bowles.”

“RIP Peter Bowles. Always played the suave Englishman,” one person noted.

One user wrote: “Raising a glass to this suave and talented man. Au revoir, Peter Bowles.”

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