The Professionals star Lewis Collins dies

Lewis Collins who played Bodie in The Professionals has died. The Merseyside born actor was 67.

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The Professionals actor Lewis Collins dies aged 67

Lewis Collins has died aged 67 following a battle with cancer Credit: PA Wire

The Professionals star Lewis Collins has died aged 67, his agent said.

The actor, who played Bodie in the crime drama alongside co-star Martin Shaw, died in Los Angeles yesterday after a five-year struggle with cancer.

His agent said: "He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time."

Lewis Collins was born on Merseyside and worked as a drummer in local bands and as a hairdresser before getting into acting.

The Professionals, which made stars of Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw, was based around the adventures of a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5.

Its memorable theme tune and action-packed plots made it a huge hit on ITV in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Collins's other most notable role came in 1982's Who Dares Wins, when he played a member of the SAS.

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