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In pictures: The life and times of Sir Bruce Forsyth

His career began in black and white, but he was always a colourful character.

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Sir Bruce making his trademark pose at Ascot Racecourse (Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images)

Sir Bruce making his trademark pose at Ascot Racecourse (Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images)

Sir Bruce making his trademark pose at Ascot Racecourse (Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images)

With a career that began in 1939 at the age of 14, Sir Bruce Forsyth was a constant presence on British TV screens over the years.

As the nation mourns a much-loved entertainer, we take a look back at some of his most colourful moments.

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Premium Bonds celebrating 60 years

Premium Bonds celebrating 60 years

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Premium Bonds celebrating 60 years

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Bruce Forsyth death

Bruce Forsyth death

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Bruce Forsyth death

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Bruce Forsyth death

Bruce Forsyth death

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Bruce Forsyth death

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With Ronnie Corbett (PA)

With Ronnie Corbett (PA)

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With Ronnie Corbett (PA)

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Frankie Howard puts his fingers on two of the most famous chins on television, Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Hill (PA)

Frankie Howard puts his fingers on two of the most famous chins on television, Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Hill (PA)

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Frankie Howard puts his fingers on two of the most famous chins on television, Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Hill (PA)

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With Cilla Black and Lionel Blair in 1969 (PA)

With Cilla Black and Lionel Blair in 1969 (PA)

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With Cilla Black and Lionel Blair in 1969 (PA)

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In 1978 he came face to face with his model at Madame Tussauds (PA)

In 1978 he came face to face with his model at Madame Tussauds (PA)

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In 1978 he came face to face with his model at Madame Tussauds (PA)

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With Strictly co-host Tess Daly (PA)

With Strictly co-host Tess Daly (PA)

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With Strictly co-host Tess Daly (PA)

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Tributes paid by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly during the 2012 NTA Awards (PA)

Tributes paid by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly during the 2012 NTA Awards (PA)

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Tributes paid by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly during the 2012 NTA Awards (PA)

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With wife Wilnelia and Tess Daly as he wins a Special Recognition award, at the 2011 National Television Awards (PA)

With wife Wilnelia and Tess Daly as he wins a Special Recognition award, at the 2011 National Television Awards (PA)

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With wife Wilnelia and Tess Daly as he wins a Special Recognition award, at the 2011 National Television Awards (PA)

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On his 80th birthday he was joined by Miss Puerto Rico (left) and Miss England dressed as showgirls (PA)

On his 80th birthday he was joined by Miss Puerto Rico (left) and Miss England dressed as showgirls (PA)

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On his 80th birthday he was joined by Miss Puerto Rico (left) and Miss England dressed as showgirls (PA)

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