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Louis Mahoney: Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who actor dies aged 81

Louis Mahoney: Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who actor dies aged 81

Published at 9:50pm 30th June 2020. (Updated at 11:26pm 30th June 2020)

Tributes have been paid to actor and anti-racist activist Louis Mahoney who has died aged 81.

The Gambian-born British actor appeared in Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who, and also campaigned for racial equality within the acting profession.

Mahoney, who lived in Hampstead, London, was one of the first black actors to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s and starred in several films including Omen II and The Plague of the Zombies.

His last TV appearance was in BBC One's The Split earlier this year.

Writer and producer Jack Thorne said: "Louis Mahoney was one of those actors who could carry a whole world through his eyes.

"Perhaps because he led such an extraordinary life.

"Worked with him on @kibwetavares's film Jonah (where he played Daniel Kaluuya's older self) and he was so magnificent."

The Equity actors union, which Mahoney worked with to improve the representation of non-white actors on British television, said: "We are saddened to learn of the death of former vice president Louis Mahoney.

"Louis was a passionate activist on behalf of @EquityUK and led the union's fight against racism and apartheid for many years."

Emmerdale actor Bhasker Patel said: "Always enjoyed #LouisMahoney's guidance when needed from day one entering our ACTING profession.

"Thank you for your tremendous work and knowledge supporting all of us."

The Bridge Theatre actor Vas Blackwood tweeted: "R I P Louis Mahoney. Gone but never forgotten. Louis played Uncle Jake in Sir Lenny Henry's BBC hit "DELBERT WILKINS SHOW". Sleep with Angels Louis xxxxx".

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Mahoney's agency confirmed the news of his death in a statement on Twitter.

It said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful client, Louis Mahoney.

"Louis paved the way for many actors who followed: a lifelong activist and champion of antiracism.

"His warmth and good humour will be sorely missed. A celebration of his life will follow."

Mahoney played a doctor in the 1975 Fawlty Towers episode The Germans, which was recently removed from the UKTV streaming platform because it contains racial slurs.

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