Gareth Thomas, the Welsh actor most famous for his role as political dissident Roj Blake in Terry Nation's cult 1970s sci fi drama Blake's 7, has died of heart failure at the age of 71.
A great actor who cut a strapping, burly frame with a mop of tight black curls (and later white badger-streak waves), Thomas enjoyed a successful career both on TV and on stage, with several RSC productions. He earned a BAFTA nomination in 1972 for his role in Stocker's Copper, and received a second nomination in 1984 for his role in Morgan's Boy as a welsh hill farmer caring for a teenager. Other roles included regular parts in Sutherland's Law, London's Burning, The Citadel, Heartbeat and as the astrophysicist father in cult children's fantasy drama The Children of Stones. Most recently he had appeared in the likes of Shipman, Midsomer Murders, Vic and Bob's reboot of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Torchwood.