Likely Lads actor Rodney Bewes dies at age 79

The actor Rodney Bewes, best known for his role in sitcom The Likely Lads, has died aged 79.

His agent confirmed the news in a Twitter post that paid tribute to Mr Bewes as "a true one off", adding: "We will miss his charm and ready wit."

Comedic actor Mr Bewes was born in Yorkshire and began to make his name by appearing in a of TV dramas.

It was his role as Bob Ferris in comedy The Likely Lads between 1964 and 1966 that turned him into a household name.

The sitcom was based around the escapades of two working class men growing up in the North East.

Mr Bewes reprised his role in the Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? in the 1970s.

He also had roles in Heartbeat and Doctor Who in a varied stage and screen career that continued into his 70s.

His death came a just a week before he would have turned 80.

Fans have been paying tribute on Twitter.