COMEDIAN and actor Roy Hudd has died at the age of 83.
The TV legend made a name for himself in Coronation Street as undertaker Archie Shuttleworth – just one of a string of roles over his five-decade career.
Hudd also appeared in Call the Midwife in 2012, along with Midsomer Murders, Law & Order and Broadchurch.
A statement from his agent said: “We are sad to announce the passing of the much-loved and amazingly talented Roy Hudd OBE.
“After a short illness, Roy passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Sunday the 15th of March, with his wife Debbie at his side.
“The family would ask you to respect their privacy at this very sad time.”
Hudd had initially broke into comedy in 1957 before moving into radio with a solo debut on Workers’ Playtime in 1959.
He then appeared on TV sketch series including the Roy Hudd Show and the Illustrated Weekly Hudd in the mid 1960s.