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Rodney Bewes has died aged 79, his agent has confirmed.

The actor had a career encompassing six decades and is better known for playing Bob Ferris in sitcom The Likely Lads.

His agent issued a statement saying: “It is with huge sadness that we confirm that our dear patron, the much-loved performer Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning.”

The statement paid tribute to the actor, announcing him a “true one-off” and a “brilliant storyteller”.

“He had a amusing story for every occasion. Our recollects are with his family and pals at this sad term. We will miss him terribly.”