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Wednesday, April 24  2019

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  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 Howe said.

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."

 

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