Gary Waldhorn death – Vicar of Dibley star who played David Horton passes away age 78 as cause of death revealed

Vicar Of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn has died "peacefully" at the age of 78, his family said.

The actor played mean-spirited councillor David Horton in every episode of the much-loved BBC sitcom, alongside Dawn French, from 1994 to 2007.

He most recently appeared in a Christmas special, The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, alongside comedienne French, who plays Rev Geraldine Granger, and James Fleet, who plays his on-screen son Hugo.

Waldhorn's son Josh said he "peacefully passed away" at 6.45am on Monday.

In a statement, he said: "Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly! He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley, and his son Josh. We will all miss him terribly."

Waldhorn appeared in classic British TV shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon, and even featured in comedy sketch show French And Saunders.

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    More fan reactions to Gary's sad passing

    Fans are flooding Twitter with more tributes to the miuch loved British stage and screen actor.

    One wrote: "Sad news about Gary Waldhorn Karl. May he R I P."

    Another added: "Sad to note that another of the cast of the popular and influential BBC TV comedy The Vicar of Dibley, Gary Waldhorn, has passed away."

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    Statement from the BBC Comedy team

    A statement from the BBC Comedy team said: "Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nations most treasured BBC shows, and of course as Councillor David Horton in The Vicar Of Dibley.

    "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

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    What films did Gary Waldhorn star in?

    Gary Waldhorn also had a string of in films as well as his TV resume.

    He appeared in 1979's Hanover Street and in the same year, The Great Riviera Bank Robbery.

    In 1984 he also appeared in movie The Chain besides other roles.

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    How successful was the Vicar of Dibley and who guested in the show?

    Back in 2004 the show was placed third in the list of Britain’s Best Sitcoms.

    It featured guest appearances from megastars including Kylie Minogue, Emma Watson, and Johnny Depp.

    Over it's course, the show won three British Comedy Awards, a National Television Awards in 1998 and was nominated for six Baftas.

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    Gary also famous for playing Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Srokes

    He also appeared in classics like Brush Strokes, where he played Lionel Bainbridge from 1986 until 1991.

    The actor also had roles in the likes of Lovejoy, alonside Ian McShane and hit series Gallowglass.

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    How did Gary meet his wife Christie?

    Gary Waldhorn studied at Yale School of Drama, before graduating in 1967.

    It was during this time he met fellow student Christie Dickason who later became his wife.

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    Gary's co star Emma Chambers passed away in 2018

    Gary's co-star in The Vicar of Dibley, Emma Chambers, also sadly past away aged 53 in 2018.

    From 1994 to 2007 Emma played the role of Alice Tinker in the hit BBC comedy – starring opposite Dawn French.

    On February 24, 2018, it was announced by Emma's management service that she had died from natural causes.

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    Legendary director Richard Curtis wrote smash hit BBC sitcom

    Written by Four Weddings And A Funeral's Richard Curtis, The Vicar of Dibley stars Dawn French in an unforgettable role as Geraldine Granger.

    Granger is a female vicar parachuted into the Oxfordshire village of Dibley when their priest dies.

    And the locals are shaken up that she is a woman.

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    Further condolences from Vicar of Dibley fans

    Another Vicar of Dibley fan said: "Sad to note that another of the cast of the popular and influential BBC TV comedy The Vicar of Dibley, Gary Waldhorn, has passed away."

    A third added: "Very sad news indeed. Best known for playing David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley, Gary Waldhorn was one of our finest British actors – excellent in every role he played.

    "Can’t think of anyone better to have played the haughty Mr Horton to Dawn French’s vivacious vicar. RIP."

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    Fans pay tribute to Gary Waldhorn

    Fans are paying tribute to the veteran TV star on social media.

    One wrote on Twitter: "My deepest condolences to Gary Waldhorn's family and friends.

    "I am honoured to have known his talent through the role of David Horton and that God gave me the ability to learn English as a second language.

    "Rest assured he brought joy to many."

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    Waldhorn was a classically trained actor

    Gary Waldhorn was an accomplished Shakespearean actor, with a list of stage credits to his name.

    Most famously he had performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company including in Much Ado About Nothing.

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    What other shows did Gary Waldhorn star in?

    Waldhorn appeared in classic British TV shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon.

    The actor also featured in comedy sketch show French And Saunders.

    On top of this, he also provided voiceovers for adverts including for Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.

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    BBC pays tribute to Gary Waldhorn

    In a statement, BBC Comedy said: "Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nation's most treasured BBC shows, and of course as councillor David Horton in The Vicar Of Dibley.

    "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

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    Statement from Gary Waldhorn's son

    In a statement, Josh Waldhorn said: "Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly!

    "He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley, and his son Josh. We will all miss him terribly."

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