Another sad passing in the world of entertainment, actor Stephen Lewis - most famous for Blakey in 70s sitcom On The Buses - has died at the age of 88.
The actor is said to have passed away quite peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday morning at a nursing home in Wanstead, East London.
Born in Poplar, East London in 1926 Lewis was a merchant seaman when he caught the acting bug from watching a performance by the Theatre Workshop from acclaimed director Joan Littlewood. Meeting her subsequently, he auditioned to join the company and left the sea for good. There, he penned the stageplay Sparrows Can't Sing which was later turned into a feature film in which he played a council estate caretaker. In a career spanning several decades, Lewis appeared in many sitcoms including his role as 'Smiler' in Last of the Summer Wine and in Croft and Perry's Oh, Doctor Beeching! He also starred in the films The Krays, Staircase, Personal Services and Adventures of a Plumber's Mate
But it was as Cyril 'Blakey' Blake, the miserly inspector in On The Buses, it's three big screen spin offs and its Spanish set sequel Don't Drink The Water that Lewis remains best known.