Dawn French pays tribute to Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn
Dawn French, Robert Lindsay and Samuel West paid tribute to Vicar of Dibley actor Gary Waldhorn, who died at the age of 78.
The veteran television star, best known for playing City Councilor David Horton in the comedy series, “passed away peacefully” on Monday, her son Josh confirmed.
Waldhorn first appeared opposite French on the BBC sitcom in its first episode in 1994 and has gone on to appear in every episode, locking the horns with his vicar character.
He recently appeared on a Christmas special, The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, alongside French, who plays Geraldine Granger, and James Fleet, who plays his son Hugo on screen.
On Twitter and Instagram, French, 64, leads the tributes by posting a black-and-white image of the actor, captioning him with a heartbroken emoji.
Likewise, My Family star Lindsay, 72, wrote on Twitter: “And during all this madness, news of the death of dear #garywaldhorn.
“Such fond memories of working with him and my wonderful pal Trevor Peacock at @rxtheatre.”
The All Creatures Great And Small West star shared an image of the couple on stage in 1997, calling them “a terrific actor.”
On Twitter, West wrote: “Sad news about Gary Waldhorn.
“He played my dad, the eponymous king, in both parts of Henry IV at the Old Vic in 1997 (here with my real dad as the ultimate nonfather, Falstaff).
“A lovely man and a great actor. “
Waldhorn has appeared on classic British TV shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon, and has even appeared on the French And Saunders comedy show.
He has also provided voiceovers for commercials including Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.
Waldhorn was an accomplished Shakespearean actor and had performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, notably in Much Ado About Nothing.
In a statement, his family said: “Classically trained, this is the theater where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that has seen him frequent the stages of Broadway, the West End and our countries. TV lounges.
“He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley, and his son Josh. He will be sadly missed by all of us.
Other deceased Vicar Of Dibley stars include Emma Chambers, who played Alice Tinker, and Trevor Peacock, who played Jim Trott.
BBC Comedy said: “Gary was an incredibly talented actor who we fondly remember from his many appearances on some of the country’s most beloved BBC shows, and of course as adviser David Horton on The Vicar Of Dibley.
“Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”