The Vicar Of Dibley actor Trevor Peacock has died aged 89, his agent has confirmed.
The actor played Jim Trott in the comedy series alongside Dawn French, a hilarious character who was famed for his repetition of the word ‘no’.
A statement on behalf of his family said: ‘Trevor Peacock, actor, writer and song-writer, died aged 89 on the morning of March 8th from a dementia-related illness.’
Peacock was diagnosed with dementia in 2009, and it was reported in 2017 that he had advanced dementia and had retired from acting, living in a nursing home.
He first appeared opposite French in the BBC sitcom in its debut episode in 1994 and continued to appear in every episode until 2015, where he made his last appearance in the Vicar of Dibley Comic Relief Special.
Peacock has a large number of television credits besides the Vicar Of Dibley.
He played war veteran Sid in EastEnders, who was a friend of Alfie Moon’s, as well as starring in the likes of My Family, Between The Lines and Jonathan Creek.
In 2007 he appeared in the Hollywood film Fred Claus, opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, playing the father of Father Christmas.
Peacock was also an accomplished songwriter and wrote a number of hit songs including the 1960s track Mrs Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, which was recorded by Herman’s Hermits and Mystery Girl, recorded by Jess Conrad, as well as the lyrics for a number of hits by The Vernons Girls.
The actor married twice and has two sons, actors Daniel and Harry, and two daughters, Sally and Maudie.