Comedian and entertainer Ronnie Corbett has died aged 85. His publicist said: “Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family. They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”
Corbett will forever be remembered as part of The Two Ronnies with Ronnie Barker, who died in 2005. The series ran from 1971 to 1987, when Barker retired. However, Corbett continued working after this. Corbett had been suffering from ill-health for some time, having previously collapsed at a dinner in his honour in 2012 and being hospitalised in March 2014 with a gall bladder problem.
The diminutive comic, born in Edinburgh in 1930, worked on the stage, on TV, on radio and in film during his career. He was first spotted worked alongside Danny La Rue in the 1960s, and from this he got a role on The Frost Report where he first worked with Barker, where he appeared in the classic “Class Sketch” alongside John Cleese. While The Two Ronnies will probably be the show he will be remembered for, especially his comic monologues from his big chair, he also starred in the sitcom Sorry!, in the lead role of Timothy Lumsden, a 40-year-old librarian still dominated by his mother. Film roles include the 1973 farce No Sex Please, We’re British, while his most recent major role was the BBC Radio 4 sitcom When The Dog Dies, which ran from 2010 to 2014.
Here are some of his most famous moments: