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12th Jan 2022

Dawn French shares tribute to Vicar of Dibley actor Gary Waldhorn

Waldhorn enjoyed a prolific career, both on stage and in television.

Tributes are pouring in for Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn whose death was announced yesterday.

He was 78-years-old.

His son Josh confirmed his father’s passing in a statement earlier this week.

It read: “Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly!

“He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley and his son Josh. We will all miss him terribly.”

Waldhorn was perhaps best known for his role as the parish council’s chairman David Horton in the comedy series The Vicar of Dibley. He also appeared in a number of TV shows throughout the 80s and 90s including Brush Strokes, Lovejoy and Gallowglass.

Additionally, Waldhorn enjoyed a career on the stage, and had numerous acting credits with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. He appeared in the 1981 play Good, which later transferred to Broadway. In 1998, he starred alongside Doctor Who star David Tennant in Black Comedy on the West End.

Dawn French paid tribute to her co-star by sharing a portrait of him on her Twitter.

BBC Comedy also shared a statement paying tribute to Waldhorn.

It read: “Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nations most treasured BBC shows, and of course as Councillor David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”