Dudley Sutton A.K.A. "Tinker Dill" Dies At 85
Dudley Sutton, Lovejoy's Tinker Dill Passes Away At 85
- Lovejoy actor Dudley Sutton died at 85.
- Sutton, who is known by his role as Tinker Dill in Lovejoy, died on Saturday, 15th September due to cancer.
- Sutton served in the Royal Air Force as a mechanic before he pursued his career in acting.
Dudley Sutton, best known for his role as Tinker Dill in the television series Lovejoy died at the age of 85. The cause of his death is known to be cancer.
Sutton's agent announced the actor's death in a statement where he said the actor died peacefully on Saturday, 14th September at the Royal Trinity Hospice in London surrounded by his family.
The television and reality star's family also released a statement saying:
Today we're devastated by the loss of our beautiful Dudley, who leaves a gaping hole in all our lives.
The family added,
We're grateful for the love expressed by friends and fans everywhere and for the extraordinary care he received at the Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham, south London, where he went out fighting for our NHS.
Sutton worked as Tinker Dill opposite Ian McShane in BBC comic series Lovejoy throughout its 70-episode from 1986 to 1994. Fellow worker Chris Jury tributed the late actor on social media where he wrote "My dear, dear pal Dudley Sutton died today. I loved him dearly. Condolences to Fanny, Peter, Barnaby, Wally and Jacqueline and all the rest of his family...Love you Duds."
My dear, dear pal. Dudley Sutton died today. I loved him dearly. Condolences to Fanny, Peter, Barnaby, Wally and
Jacqueline and all the rest of his family... and of course his extended family amongst the friends of Bill W. Love you Duds. I’ll miss... https://t.co/o2yzdZ1srY
— Chris Jury (@ButAmIAFreeman) September 15, 2018
Born on April 6, 1933, in Surrey, England, Sutton served in the Royal Air Force as a mechanic before he started studying acting in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he was expelled later.