Yet another sad loss to the entertainment world as news comes through that veteran actor Francis Matthews has passed away following a short illness aged 86.
Matthews was born in York in 1927 and started out in Leeds Rep before serving in the Royal Navy. He starred alongside Morecambe and Wise in two of their three films, The Intelligence Men and That Riviera Touch, as well as appearing on their television show several times having befriended Eric particularly.
A Hammer regular too, Matthews starred in The Revenge of Frankenstein, Dracula: Prince of Darkness and Rasputin, The Mad Monk.
But it is perhaps two television roles that Matthews was most famous for; Paul Temple in the BBC series based on Frances Durbridge's playboy investigator which ran from 1969 to 1971 and Gerry Anderson's cult favourite Captain Scarlet, for which Matthews lent his voice to the titular hero, using his party piece of a Cary Grant impersonation.