Hi-de-Hi! star Barry Howard dies aged 78
Hi-de-Hi! star Barry Howard has died aged 78.
The actor was best known for playing Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in the BBC comedy.
A statement from his friend and agent Sharry Clark said: " The much loved actor Barry Howard, best known for his exquisitely supercilious Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, the champion ballroom dancer in BBC's hugely popular Hi-de-Hi, passed away today aged 78."
Howard had been suffering from blood cancer and had been ill for some time, Clark said.
The actor starred as the camp dance instructor in the summer camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi from 1980 to 1986.
He later had a guest role as Oliver Barnes in the Doctor Who Christmas special in 2009.
Born in Nottingham, he began his career in the theatre and later appeared regularly in pantomimes
CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis, who appeared in a show with Howard, paid tribute on Twitter, saying: "So sad to hear Barry Howard has died. A real gent and incredibly funny off stage too. Happy days in Bournemouth with him and Su Pollard."
He added: " His scenes in Hi-de-hi were such high quality, full of pathos as well as hilarious - RIP Barry Howard."