Frank Thornton dies aged 92

Frank Thornton, who played Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served and Truly in Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 92.

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Thornton starred in many UK comedies

Frank Thornton was most famous for the role of Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served and went on to appear in its successor series, Grace & Favour.

Frank Thornton dies aged 92. Credit: Shaun Pattenden/Empics Entertainment

In more recent years he was familiar to viewers for his role as Truly in Last of the Summer Wine.

The actor specialised in comedy and also appeared in TV shows including Hancock's Half-Hour, Sykes and Steptoe And Son, as well as movie spin-off Steptoe And Son Ride Again.

Thornton was among the cast for the Julian Fellowes-scripted period drama Gosford Park and his last credit was in the British film Run For Your Wife, alongside Richard Briers, who died last month.

Agent: Thornton 'a great friend' who 'will be missed'

Ninety-two-year-old Frank Thornton died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday.

Frank was a much loved British actor who played mainly comedy roles and is perhaps best known for his role as Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? and latterly as Truly in Last Of The Summer Wine.

Frank is survived by Beryl, his wife of 67 years, daughter Jane and their three grandchildren.

I have been Frank's agent since 1986 and he has been the most wonderful client as well as being a great friend. He will be sorely missed.

– Frank Thornton's agent


Frank Thornton's career in pictures

Frank Thornton (right) who played Truly in Last of the Summer Wine with fellow cast members. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Archive
Frank Thornton with cast members from 'Winnie', a 1988 opera about Sir Winston Churchill. Credit: PA
Robert Lindsay (left) with Frank Thornton during rehearsals in 1985 for 'Me and My Girl'. Credit: S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive
Frank Thornton on 'It's a Square World' in 1963. Credit: S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive
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