Gary Waldhorn: 'Vicar Of Dibley' actor dies aged 78

His son said the star 'peacefully passed away' on Monday

Actor Gary Waldhorn, who died on Monday at the age of 78. Getty Images

Vicar Of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn has died “peacefully” at the age of 78, his family said.

The television star was best known for playing councillor David Horton in every episode of the British comedy sitcom which debuted in 1994, famously locking horns with the vicar played by Dawn French.

He most recently appeared in a Christmas special, The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, alongside French, who plays Geraldine Granger, and James Fleet, who plays his on-screen son Hugo.

Waldhorn’s son Josh said he “peacefully passed away” at 6.45am on Monday.

“Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly!" he said.

“He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley, and his son Josh. We will all miss him terribly.”

French posted a picture of the actor on Twitter, captioning it with a broken heart emoji.

Other Vicar Of Dibley stars who have died include Emma Chambers, who starred as Alice Tinker, and Trevor Peacock, who played Jim Trott.

Waldhorn appeared in classic British TV shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon, and featured in comedy sketch show French And Saunders.

He also provided voiceovers for adverts including Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.

Dawn French and Gary Waldhorn on set in 1997. Getty Images

Waldhorn was an accomplished Shakespearean actor and performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nation’s most treasured BBC shows, and of course as councillor David Horton in The Vicar Of Dibley," BBC Comedy said.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Updated: January 12th 2022, 10:33 AM