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Prolific actor Larrington Walker has died

RIP: Larrington Walker (image credit: Zimbio)

THERE HAS been an outpouring of grief from the black British entertainment fraternity, amid news of Larrington Walker’s death. He was 70 years of age.

According to his agent Femi Oguns (founder of IDENTITY drama school), Walker passed away over the weekend.

The actor’s son Larry Delandro made the following statement on Facebook:

“Larry, my dad, was filming in Guadeloupe. On a day off, he went to the beach on his own - his body was recovered later. Details are sketchy at the moment.

“I’m glad he passed away doing what he loved (filming) and in a beautiful place. His legacy of mentoring and trailblazing will continue for many years.”

Posting on Twitter, Oguns mourned the loss of a man he described as a friend:

Lenny Henry and fellow actor Sutara Ji, who both starred opposite Larrington in Rudy’s Rare Records, also paid homage.

Ji recalled how much she learned about her craft from Larrington:

“He was one of the most gentle, kind, talented, caring individuals you could ever hope to meet. (…) Thank you for the memories Larrington Walker. Thanks for being such a monumental part of my life. God has called his angel home. You’ve done your bit bubba. Goodnight Sir.”

EastEnders star Ellen Thomas posted:

“My heart is in bits. This news broke me.”

Lovers rock singer Carroll Thompson commented:

“Heartbroken. He was my greatest mentor. May his sweet soul rest in eternal peace.”

Just two years ago, theatre director Paulette Randall, actor Beejaye Joseph (The Bill) and producer Marie Berry came together to throw the late Walker, fondly known as ‘Uncle Larry’, a surprise tribute event at the BAFTA studios in honour of his monumental contributions to the UK film industry. Many of those in attendance were Walker’s entertainment industry friends and colleagues, who all spoke of how he helped to forge their careers. On the night, host Robbie Gee said:

“Without Larrington Walker, the people here probably wouldn’t be the people that they are today.”

Actor Dona Croll echoed:

“I think he’s been such a wonderful influence on young people and he’s an unsung hero of the industry.”


Walker was born in Jamaica in 1947 and migrated to England in 1956. He performed as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008 to 2011. His TV credits include The Bill, Holby City, Casualty, Inspector Morse and Human Traffic.

The West Indian won the hearts of many through his character Tony in 1981 classic Burning an Illusion.

Some of his theatre roles include The Playboy of the West Indies at the Tricycle Theatre and Driving Miss Daisy at Oldham Theatre.

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