As Time Goes By actor Geoffrey Palmer dies aged 93

Palmer was best known for roles in sitcoms including The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and Butterflies

Geoffrey Palmer, the actor best known for roles in sitcoms including The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, As Time Goes By and Butterflies has died aged 93.

Palmer began his TV career with roles in shows including The Avengers and ITV’s The Army Game, and Ken Loach’s TV play Cathy Come Home. Following stage roles in productions including Laurence Olivier’s imagining of JB Priestley’s Eden End, Palmer returned primarily to television, where he would find acclaim in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and Butterflies, gaining a reputation for portraying world-weary characters.

Between 1992 and 2005, Palmer and Judi Dench starred in the sitcom As Time Goes By, playing former lovers Lionel and Jean, who reconnected later in life.

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