Yet another sad loss in the world of showbiz; George Cole has passed away at the age of 90
Cole famously gave life to two of the greatest spiv characters ever created; Flash Harry from the St Trinians movies and Arthur Daley from the brilliant Minder
Orphaned at an early age, Cole was taken under the wing of the great Alistair Sim as a teenager, and he and his wife Naomi effectively adopted him as an unofficial evacuee at their Oxfordshire home during the war. He stayed with them until he was 27, building a home next door to theirs, and starring alongside Sim in a series of movies including the St Trinians films and A Christmas Carol
He played the role of wheeler dealer Arthur Daley in Eustom Films' Minder series from 1979 to 1994, effectively usurping the originally intended lead character Dennis Waterman as the star of the show, becoming a role he would forever be associated with and one I especially love.
A real star has gone out tonight. RIP