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Doctor Who and Emmerdale actor Richard Franklin dies

Dr Who and Emmerdale actor Richard Franklin has died aged 87, a spokesperson for his family has confirmed.

The statement said: “Richard sadly died in his sleep after fighting long-term illness.

“We are deeply saddened by his loss, we will fondly remember him for his generosity, creative spirit and fantastic story telling.

“He is also well remembered outside the family for his long-running career in TV and theatre where he delighted audiences of all ages.

“This gave him great joy and we know his legacy will last.”

Mr Franklin, who played Captain Mike Yates in the long-running BBC One sci-fi series, now starring Ncuti Gatwa, “passed away peacefully in his sleep”, on Christmas Day, according to a friend.

Liam Rudden, who had been given his first professional acting job by the stage and screen star, posted to the late TV star’s social media page yesterday.

On X, formerly Twitter, he wrote: “It is with great sadness, that the family of Richard Franklin have asked me to share news of his passing, early this morning”.

“Richard passed away peacefully in his sleep. Details of funeral arrangements will be shared here when announced.

“Sleep well Richard. #RIP – Liam Rudden.”

In a post to his own social media account, he said he was “devastated”, adding: “Farewell to a mentor and friend.”

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