It's another sad loss to showbusiness, legendary actor Richard Griffiths has passed away aged 65 following complications from heart surgery.
Griffiths was one of my favourite characters actors; star of TV series like Bird Of Prey, the excellent computer espionage series from the early 80s, and Pie In The Sky the Sunday night 90s culinary detective drama, and the sitcom A Kind Of Living and star of films like The History Boys, Naked Gun 2, Chariots of Fire, Sleepy Hollow, A Private Function, Gorky Park and the Harry Potter films (which I've never seen and am quite proud of that fact!) On stage he famously starred in the revival of Equus alongside Daniel Radcliffe, his Harry Potter co-star. Radcliffe has paid this lovely tribute today;
"Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him"
But for me, primarily, he was Uncle Monty in my favourite film ever, Withnail and I
"I think the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium. The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts. Prostitutes for the bees"