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British actor Geoffrey Palmer dies at 93

The veteran actor starred alongside Judi Dench in the Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies'

British actor Geoffrey Palmer was known for his work in television such as 'Butterflies', 'As Time Goes By' and 'The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin'. Getty Images
British actor Geoffrey Palmer was known for his work in television such as 'Butterflies', 'As Time Goes By' and 'The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin'. Getty Images

British actor Geoffrey Palmer, who was known for his roles in sitcoms Butterflies, As Time Goes By and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, has died at the age of 93.

His career in television included roles in Fairly Secret Army, Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who.

His work also included voice-over narration including the BBC series Grumpy Old Men.

Most notably in his career, Palmer starred opposite Judi Dench in As Time Goes By, where they played two former lovers who meet unexpectedly and later marry. The two actors worked again together in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and in John Madden’s Mrs Brown, both of which were released in 1997.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Drayton/Shutterstock (221395a) Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench BBC PHOTOCALL FOR 'AS TIME GOES BY' TV SERIES, LONDON, BRITAIN - 1993
Palmer played opposite Judi Dench in 'As Time Goes By' from 1992 to 2005. Shutterstock

His film appearances also included A Fish Called Wanda, Clockwise and The Madness of King George.

Since news of his death, many have paid tribute to the veteran actor online.

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke described him as "the kindest, most brilliant man".

Comedian Eddie Izzard wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear that Geoffrey Palmer has left us. I was very excited to meet him once and then had the honour to act with him in the film Lost Christmas. His work will stay with us and through that he can live on forever. Good work Sir. Rest in peace."

Palmer is survived by his wife Sally and children Charles and Harriet.

Updated: November 8, 2020 11:56 AM

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