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Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes dies

Rodney Bewes has passed away at the age of 79

The Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes has died aged 79.

The actor - best known for his role as Bob Ferris in the Geordie sitcom - died on Tuesday morning, his agent confirmed.

In a statement on Twitter, his agent Michelle Braidman described him as a "true one off".

She added: "It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning.

"We will miss his charm and ready wit."

Bewes would have turned 80 next week, his agent said.

He went on to star in the sequel to the sitcom, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, alongside James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth and Sheila Fearn.

The Likely Lads sitcom was based in Newcastle. There were 20 episodes in three series between 16 December 1964 and 23 July 1966.