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Ian Gelder: Game Of Thrones actor dies at 74 after being diagnosed with bile duct cancer | Ents & Arts News

Games Of Thrones actor Ian Gelder has died at the age of 74.

His death was announced by his husband, fellow actor Ben Daniels, who paid tribute to the “kindest, most generous spirited and loving human being”.

Daniels, 59, said Gelder was his “absolute rock” during their relationship of more than 30 years.

The British actor, who played Kevan Lannister in the hit fantasy drama series, was diagnosed with bile duct cancer last December and died just after 1pm on Monday, Daniels said.

Ben Daniels and Ian Gelder. Pic: Rex/Dan Wooller/Shutterstock
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Ben Daniels and Ian Gelder in 2012. Pic: Rex/Dan Wooller/Shutterstock

The star wrote on social media: “It is with huge huge sadness and a heavy heart broken into a million pieces that I’m leaving this post to announce the passing of my darling husband and life partner Ian Gelder.”

Alongside his announcement on Instagram, Daniels shared a picture of the couple which he said was taken at Christmas after Gelder had left hospital.

(L-R) Ian Gelder and Ben Daniels. Instagram pic: Ben Daniels
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Daniels has posted this image on Instagram of him and Gelder at Christmas. Pic: Ben Daniels

Daniels said that “even though he’d gone through the worst three weeks there you can still see his joy and love shining through”.

Gelder first played Kevan Lannister in the opening season of Game Of Thrones in 2011.

He was the younger brother of Lord Tywin Lannister, and was one of his most loyal and trusted officers in the Lannister armies.

After a noticeable absence, Gelder reprised his character in later seasons, meeting his demise in the final episode of season six.

During his decades-long career, the actor also starred as Mr Dekker in Torchwood: Children Of Earth, as well as guest starring as Charles, the Librarian scholar in His Dark Materials, and Zellin in Doctor Who.

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Daniels said he had stopped work to be his carer “but neither of us had any idea that it would all be so fast”.

He added that Gelder was “the kindest, most generous spirited and loving human being”.

“He was a wonderful wonderful actor and everyone who worked with him was touched by his heart and light.”

“I honestly don’t know what I’ll do without him by my side. He coped with his dreadful illness with such bravery, with no self pity. Ever. He was remarkable and will be so missed.”

Line Of Duty actor Brian McCardie dies aged 59 | Ents & Arts News

Line Of Duty actor Brian McCardie has died aged 59, his family has confirmed.

Best known for playing mafia boss John Thomas ‘Tommy’ Hunter in the police procedural, he had also recently joined the cast of Outlander prequel, Blood Of My Blood.

His sister confirmed his death on X, writing: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James McCardie, beloved son, brother, uncle and dear friend to so many.

“Brian passed away suddenly at home on Sunday 28th April. A wonderful and passionate actor on stage and screen, Brian loved his work and touched many lives, and is gone much too soon.

“We love him and will miss him greatly; please remember Brian in your thoughts.”

She said funeral arrangements would be announced in the days ahead.

No cause of death was given.

McCardie’s agent, United Agents, paid tribute on social media, writing: “We are shocked and so deeply saddened by the tragic news of Brian McCardie’s sudden death.

“He was an actor of such great talent who we were lucky to represent, and our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Producer Paul Larkin posted on social media, saying he was “shocked and devastated” to learn of McCardie’s death, adding: “Brian was a brilliant friend and we had many discussions about mental health issues where he was a fantastic help to me. As well as that; he was a phenomenal actor. Sleep tight Brother.”

Writer Alec Bowman Clarke said he was “saddened” by the news, and wrote: “I spoke to him a few times about projects & always found him genuine, passionate, generous & funny. I wrote a part for him in a future project.”

With a career stretching over three decades, McCardie had appeared in numerous TV shows over the years – but it was his role in Line Of Duty for which he was best known.

One of the show’s original characters, despite Tommy Hunter meeting a violent end in series two, the character went on to been mentioned in both series three and and series five.

A Scottish actor, McCardie appeared in an episode of Outlander, playing Sir Marcus MacRannoch, before being cast as the chief of Clan Grant in the forthcoming Outlander prequel.

The show, which centres around the lives of Outlander character Jamie Fraser’s parents, is currently filming in Scotland according to Starz network.

He starred opposite Sean Bean in the 2021 BBC prison drama Time and in Irvine Welsh’s TV series Crime in the same year.

He also appeared in Sky Atlantic’s Domina, set in Ancient Rome playing Roman statesman Cicero.

His film appearances included Rob Roy, Irvine Welsh’s Filth and the thriller Low Winter Sun alongside Mark Strong.

The Crown actor condemns Southern Water over raw sewage pumped into heavily protected river | Climate News

The Crown actor James Murray has accused a water company of “lying through its teeth” for blaming heavy rain for sewage pollution in a heavily protected river.

The environmental campaigner and fly-fishing enthusiast, who portrayed Prince Andrew in the hit drama, said Southern Water should have invested in its infrastructure long ago to prevent its sewers being overwhelmed by extreme weather.

Instead, sewage has been allowed to pour into the River Test, a chalk stream that is one of the rarest habitats on Earth.

He told Sky News: “Every year they say it is a special year and it won’t happen again. It’s nonsense. They lie through their teeth.

“Yes, it might have been a very damp February, but that doesn’t mean they should be putting raw sewage directly into the river. It is unforgivable.”

The Crown actor James Murray, who is an environmental campaigner and fly-fishing enthusiast
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The Crown actor James Murray at a protest

Protests against Southern Water against sewage pollution in the River Test in Hampshire
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Protests against sewage pollution in the River Test in Hampshire

Southern Water says its Fullerton wastewater works near Andover has been overwhelmed and to prevent sewage backing up into people’s homes it has had to allow it to flow into the river untreated.

The current regulations allow water companies to discharge raw sewage during extreme rainfall.

But river conservationists say the persistent flow of human waste this winter has resulted in ecological damage.

Sky News saw grey tufts of “sewage fungus” wafting in the river current.

It’s a gelatinous slime of viruses, bacteria and other organisms that grows quickly in water that’s heavily polluted with nutrients. It sucks up oxygen, suffocating life that should be in the river.

Sewage fungus fished out of the River Test in Hampshire.
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Sewage fungus fished out of the River Test in Hampshire

Phil Parker, a river keeper who maintains a stretch of the Test, demonstrated the impact by doing a “kick sample”.

He stirred up the riverbed with his feet to collect invertebrates living in the silt.

In a sample from a clean section of the river, there was a huge abundance and variety of life.

But in the area affected by sewage, there was comparatively little.

He said: “The samples are a clear indicator that the sewage is killing our invertebrates.

“It’s killing an ecosystem that’s already fragile anyway with the changing climate and the extreme weather patterns we have coming through.”

Phil Parker, a riverkeeper who maintains a stretch of the River Test
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Phil Parker, a river keeper who maintains a stretch of the River Test

The south of the UK had twice the normal rainfall in February, capping a wet winter and raising the water table underground.

Southern Water showed Sky News video of water being forced at high pressure into sewage pipes through cracks and joints.

It says it has lined the public network with a special sheath, that it likens to a sausage skin, to keep water out in future.

But it has only recently begun work on pipes on customers’ property. It could be 2030 before all the pipes are fixed.

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Nick Mills, Director of Environment for the company said: “I understand the frustration, and we share many of their outcomes in what they want to see happen.

“But it is a large, complex issue, and we are in some extreme conditions right now.”

Nick Mills, Director of Environment for Southern Water. For Moore piece on pollution.
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Nick Mills, Director of Environment for Southern Water

Rivers up and down the country are affected by sewage pollution.

Campaigners are hoping to seize on public anger to turn it into an election issue, and force water companies to clean up their act.

Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson blamed for slow electric car sales | UK News

Rowan Atkinson has been blamed for “damaging” the reputation of electric vehicles (EVs) and contributing to slow sales.

The Mr Bean actor was name-checked in the House of Lords on Tuesday during its environment and climate change committee meeting.

Thinktank Green Alliance gave its views on the main obstacles the government faces in its bid to phase out petrol and diesel cars before 2035, and said a comment piece by the Johnny English star published in June 2023 was damaging to the cause.

The pressure group told peers in a letter that was shared: “One of the most damaging articles was a comment piece written by Rowan Atkinson in The Guardian which has been roundly debunked.

“Unfortunately, fact checks never reach the same breadth of audience as the original false claim, emphasising the need to ensure high editorial standards around the net zero transition.”

Atkinson pictured on top of Mr Bean's famous yellow Mini Cooper. Pic: AP
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Atkinson pictured on top of Mr Bean’s famous yellow Mini Cooper. Pic: AP

The 69-year-old actor’s piece was headlined: “I love electric vehicles – and was an early adopter. But increasingly I feel duped.”

Atkinson wrote that EVs were “a bit soulless” and criticised the use of their lithium-ion batteries.

He suggested solutions like drivers keeping the same car for longer periods of time and increased use of synthetic fuel would negate the need for EVs, saying: “Increasingly, I’m feeling that our honeymoon with electric cars is coming to an end, and that’s no bad thing.”

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The actor, who described himself as a “car person” having got a degree in electrical and electronic engineering, said he advised friends to “hold fire for now” on EVs unless they have an old diesel vehicle.

The Guardian published a response the following week from Simon Evans, deputy editor and senior policy editor of climate news site Carbon Brief, which looked to debunk Atkinson’s claims.

Mr Evans wrote: “Atkinson’s biggest mistake is his failure to recognise that electric vehicles already offer significant global environmental benefits, compared with combustion-engine cars.”

Atkinson’s views were used to make a wider point about “misleading” reports stunting EV sales.

Other challenges highlighted during the committee meeting included insufficient numbers of charging points, higher prices on EVs and “a lack of clear and consistent messaging from the government”.

Archers and EastEnders actor Ian Pepperell dies at 53 | Ents & Arts News

Ian Pepperell, best known for playing Roy Tucker in The Archers, has died aged 53, the BBC has announced.

The actor, who played the hotelier in the long-running BBC Radio 4 drama for 22 years, died on Friday following a long illness.

He also acted in numerous stage productions and appeared in BBC soap opera EastEnders for a short stint during his career.

The Archers editor Jeremy Howe said: “Ian was the perfect Archers actor – he loved being part of an ensemble, relished the camaraderie and gossip of the Green Room, and had a seemingly effortlessly fine tuned vocal technique.

Ian Pepperell. Pic: Gary Moyes/BBC
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Ian Pepperell is best known for playing Roy Tucker in The Archers. Pic: Gary Moyes/BBC

“Like all the very best radio actors he could think on his feet and change the way he played a scene in the blink of an eye.

“Thanks to Ian’s brilliance, he created in Roy a character who managed to face in two directions simultaneously in almost every scene he played.”

The character featured in a number of dramatic storylines within the show, including a New Year’s Eve episode in which Roy asked Hayley Jordan, played by Lucy Davis, to marry him.

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Mr Howe said: “He captured Roy as both genial and anxious, funny and sad, easy-going and permanently stressed – a man who could hold down with ease a top job, yet who always carried with him Hamlet’s sense of failure.

“It all made perfect sense because of Ian’s uncanny and laser-guided ability to find humour in the emotional scenes and find pathos in the comedy that he always played so unerringly well.

“Ian had a lot more gas in the tank and was desperate to return to Ambridge once his health permitted.

“It is tragic that he died in his prime, we will miss him dearly and our hearts go out to his family and friends and everyone who knew him.

“Ambridge loved Roy – The Archers and our millions of listeners loved Ian’s Roy Tucker.”

In the theatre world, he played Hamlet for the Oxford Stage Company and Richard III at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester.

The actor also appeared in a number of episodes of EastEnders in 1993 and featured in police drama The Bill.

Darren Kent: Game Of Thrones and EastEnders actor dies aged 36 | Ents & Arts News

Actor, writer and director Darren Kent – who appeared in Game of Thrones and EastEnders – has died aged 36.

Appearing in Game Of Thrones in 2014, he played a grieving father – Goatherd – taking his dead child to see Daenerys Targaryen, Mother Of Dragons, played by Emilia Clarke.

He also had TV roles in EastEnders, TV mini-series Les Misérables and recent ITV drama Malpractice, as well as a brief appearance in the film Dungeons And Dragons: Honour Among Thieves, released earlier this year.

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Kent’s death was announced by his agent, Carey Dodd Associates, which wrote on Facebook: “It is with deep sadness we have to tell you that our dear friend and client Darren Kent passed away peacefully on Friday.

“His parents and best friend by his side. Our thoughts and love are with his family in this difficult time.

Darren Kent with Emilia Clarke in Game Of Thrones in 2014. Pic: Facebook
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Kent (centre) on the Game Of Thrones set in 2014

“Darren was not only a talented actor, director and writer, he was truly one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

“It has been a privilege and pleasure to have been a part of his journey. RIP my friend.”

No cause of death was given.

Industry friends paid tribute online, including writer-director Jane Gull. Posting on X, formerly Twitter, she said: “What a privilege it was to be your friend and to work together on so many projects over the years.

“Life won’t be the same without you. I will miss you so much. RIP darling Darren Kent xxxx.”

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Makers of the film Love Without Walls wrote: “With heavy hearts, we share the heartbreaking news of our dear friend @darrenpaulkent’s passing.

“An acting luminary whose creativity inspired and left an indelible mark on and off-screen. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this devastating time.”

Screenwriter Ben Trebilcook wrote: “Love and thoughts to the friends and family of our talented, caring soul of a friend, Darren Kent, who sadly passed away on Friday.

“Darren, an Essex writer, actor and director, directed our award winning short You Know Me. A true character who was Always creating and forever upbeat and encouraging, Darren will be sorely missed.”

Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle, who appeared with the actor in a 2019 short film, wrote: “My heart is broken my long time amazing, wonderful great friend Darren Kent has passed away my condolences to his family May he rest in peace he is one of Gods (sic) beautiful Angels he will be truly missed.”

Born in Essex, with a strong London accent, Kent trained at Italia Conti drama school, graduating in 2007.

His first film role was in 2008 horror Mirrors, starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Kent won best actor at the Van D’or Awards in 2012 for his portrayal of the character Danny, in the short film Sunnyboy.

Away from acting, Kent also directed an episode of the 2021 BBC monologue series The Break, showcasing up-and-coming UK writers, and short film You Know Me.

His last performance was in the short film Birds Sorrow.

Julian Sands search: Human remains found in California mountains where actor disappeared | US News

Hikers have found human remains in a California mountain area where British actor Julian Sands went missing five months ago, authorities have said.

The remains were discovered on Saturday morning near Mount Baldy in Southern California, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

They have been taken to the coroner’s office for identification which is expected to be completed next week, the department added.

Sands, a keen hiker and mountaineer, was reported missing on 13 January after he failed to return from a hike in the Mount Baldy area.

The 65-year-old Yorkshire-born actor is known for his roles in films A Room With A View, Leaving Las Vegas and Warlock, as well as TV appearances on 24, Smallville and Banshee.

Earlier this week, his family released a statement saying they were continuing to keep him “in our hearts with bright memories”.

“We are deeply grateful to the search teams and co-ordinators who have worked tirelessly to find Julian,” the family statement, issued by the sheriff’s department, read.

“We continue to hold Julian in our hearts with bright memories of him as a wonderful father, husband, explorer, lover of the natural world and the arts, and as an original and collaborative performer.”

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department previously said its goal was “to bring closure” to the family.

Eight searches by ground and air have taken place for Sands since his disappearance but they have been hampered by poor conditions in the area and were halted in March due to the risk of avalanches.

A search on 17 June had included over 80 search and rescue volunteers, deputies, and staff, with their efforts supported by two helicopters, and drone crews.

“Despite the recent warmer weather, portions of the mountain remain inaccessible due to extreme alpine conditions,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement at the time.

“Multiple areas include steep terrain and ravines, which still have 10-plus feet of ice and snow.”

Stephen Tompkinson: Jurors trying DCI Banks actor retire to consider verdict | UK News

DCI Banks star Stephen Tompkinson’s talent made him “convincing in putting across a story”, the prosecution told jurors before they retired to consider their verdict.

Tompkinson is accused of punching a man who was drunk and making “strange noises” outside the actor’s home in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, around 5.30am on 30 May, 2021.

The 57-year-old allegedly “snapped” and “lashed out” at the complainant, Karl Poole, causing him to suffer a fractured skull when he fell and hit his head on the pavement, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

The Ballykissangel star came out of his home dressed in pyjamas and a dressing gown after discovering Mr Poole and his friend, Andrew Hall, drinking at the bottom of his driveway.

A neighbour who watched the incident from her bedroom window told the court she saw Tompkinson slap and punch Mr Poole.

But the actor said he simply pushed the man away in self defence.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch reminded the court how Tompkinson said punching a man would have been “career suicide”.

‘Expert playing a part’

Mr Bunch said Tompkinson’s “obvious talent makes him convincing in putting across a story,” adding: “He is an expert in playing a part – a man tormented by a pair of drunks.

“He can deliver a line,” Mr Bunch told the court.

Tompkinson said he was “disgusted” by Mr Poole and Mr Hall – describing their behaviour as “disgraceful” and “pure self-indulgence by grown men who should be behaving better”, jurors heard.

However Nicholas Lumley KC, defending Tompkinson, said he was “sought out by producers because of his calmness”.

“Why would he risk throwing away that hard-earned reputation?” he asked the jury.

Karl Poole seen outside Newcastle Crown Court
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Karl Poole seen outside Newcastle Crown Court

Punch ‘not enough to knock a sober man off his feet’

Mr Poole and Mr Hall had been drinking since midnight on 30 May and had gone to the beach before passing Tompkinson’s home on the way back.

The actor, who at the time was living with his partner and her seven-year-old son, went out to challenge the “heavily intoxicated” men – one of whom was wearing nothing but his underpants.

He called 999 after the men tried and failed to stand up while drinking from a bottle of Jagermeister, the court heard.

While waiting to be connected, he went outside to tell the men he was calling the police.

Actor Stephen Tompkinson
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Actor Stephen Tompkinson

The actor said the pair “took great objection” to him complaining and began to move towards him.

He said he put his hand out to stop Mr Poole coming closer, making contact with his face – but it “wasn’t enough to knock a sober man off his feet”, the actor told jurors.

The judge, Paul Sloan KC, sent the jury out to consider their verdicts at 3.20pm on Wednesday.

They were sent home for the day an hour later and will resume their deliberations on Thursday.

Tompkinson denies a single charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.

Paul Mescal: Actor tells of his fury after ‘creepy’ fan groped him as he posed for selfie outside London theatre | Ents & Arts News

Oscar nominee and Normal People star Paul Mescal has described his “fury” after a fan groped his backside.

Mescal said he was outside London’s Almeida Theatre, where he’s starring in an acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire, when a woman asked for a photo.

“As we posed for it, she put her hand on my ass. I thought it was an accident, so I like (moved away) but the hand followed,” he told ES Magazine.

“I remember tensing up and feeling just, like, fury. I turned to her and said, ‘What’re you doing? Take your hand off my ass’.”

The 27-year-old said it was “uncomfortable for everyone involved” and he didn’t want to “call somebody out in front of the theatre”, but that “it was so gross, creepy”.

However, Mescal described his experience of fame so far as overwhelmingly positive.

“97% of it is really nice – then 3% is somebody, like, grabbing your ass,” he said.

The Irish actor entered the spotlight after starring with Daisy Edgar-Jones in the 2020 adaptation of Sally Rooney novel Normal People.

His breakout role in the BBC series saw him portrayed by some fans and media as a sex symbol.

Mescal will be thrust into the Hollywood limelight at next month’s Oscars, where he is nominated for his role in coming-of-age film Aftersun.

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He told The Hollywood Reporter the best actor nod was “a big surprise” and that he was looking forward to the famous Oscars afterparties.

“I’m hoping that the Oscars afterparties are going to be fun – because I think the Irish can show up in that setting,” he said.

His compatriots Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon are all nominated for their roles in The Banshees Of Inisherin.

“I feel like [Irish actors] always over-represented ourselves,” Mescal added. “Just in terms of population, we’re punching above our weight.”

Julian Sands: Outcome of search for missing actor ‘may not be what we would like’, say police | Ents & Arts News

Police in southern California say they are “hopeful” of finding missing actor Julian Sands, but admitted the outcome of the search “may not be what we would like”.

Sands has not been seen for four weeks, after first being reported missing in the Mount Baldy region of the San Gabriel mountains on 13 January.

“Regarding the search for Julian Sands, we remain hopeful but know the outcome may not be what we would like,” a spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department said.

“Conditions on Mt Baldy remain a danger and our Aviation Division still patrols the area when they are available. We also plan to search the area by ground in the future.”

Sands’s family were “grateful” for the support they had received since his disappearance, the spokesperson added, but had no further public statement at this time.

The 65-year-old, was reported missing after he failed to return from a hike in January and no trace of him has so far been found.

Numerous searches for the British star have since been undertaken on foot and by air by both local and state-level agencies.

Authorities have previously used a Recco device, which is able to detect electronics and credit cards, in the hope of establishing a more exact area in which to focus search efforts.

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Last month, Sand’s hiking partner and friend Kevin Ryan said it was obvious “something has gone wrong” but that the actor’s advanced experience and skill would “hopefully” see his safe return.

Sands was born in Yorkshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2020.

His breakout role came as the free-spirited George in the period drama A Room With A View, in which he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter.

More recently, in 2021 he played a chief medical officer in the Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi-led drama Benediction.