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.

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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.