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Tributes as Blake's 7 star Paul Darrow dies at age of 78

Legacy: Paul Darrow
Legacy: Paul Darrow

Blake's 7 star Paul Darrow has died aged 78 following a short illness.

The Surrey-born actor was best known for playing Avon in the Seventies and Eighties BBC sci-fi series, but also appeared in more than 200 other shows including Doctor Who, The Saint, Z Cars and Emmerdale.

Maureen Marrs, his long-time personal assistant, said: "Over three decades I have been Paul's confidante and have had the immense privilege of being part of his life. A star has gone out today; the world will be a darker place without him."

Darrow also appeared on the stage, including four seasons at the Bristol Old Vic and London's West End, and was the voice of JACKfm and Union JACK radio.

Ian Walker, CEO of the JACK brand, said: "Paul Darrow has been JACK's shining star.

"Over the past 12 years I have had the pleasure of spending countless hours with Paul listening to his life stories and have shared many bottles of his favourite Bordeaux, while enjoying his quirky jokes and sense of humour."

Born in 1941, Darrow went to Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School before studying at Rada, where he shared a flat with fellow actors Ian McShane and John Hurt.

He married actress Janet Lees-Price after they co-starred on ITV show Emergency Ward 10 and they were together for 48 years before her death in 2012.

Ms Marrs said Darrow "was a man who had a story for every situation".

"He had dinner with Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman at Chatsworth House, and Liberace famously asked Paul to call him Lee," she said.

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