The Archers Actor Dies
Edward Kelsey, who played Joe Grundy
on BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers for 34 years, has died at the
age of 88.
The actor first appeared on air as the
irascible patriarch of the Grundy clan in 1985.
Kelsey had given "one of the great
performances in the history of British radio", editor Jeremy
The actor was also known for voicing
the characters Colonel K and Baron Silas Greenback on the 1980s
children's animated series Danger Mouse.
Howe described his performance on The
Archers as "idiosyncratic, warm, cantankerous yet generous,
dripping with the Grundy magic and wonderfully funny".
In a statement, his family said the
actor "counted himself immensely lucky that he was able to enjoy
a long and varied career doing the thing that he loved".
They added: "He had an insatiably
curious mind and never lost his appetite for lively
conversation, good company and, of course, a great storyline."