Thursday, 4 October 2018

Tribute paid to late actor

ENGLISH actor Dudley Sutton has died aged 85. 

From 'The Post Series' newspapers

Dudley went to school in Lifton as a boy and used to visit Launceston regularly. 

He did acting work on stage, in TV and for films for over 50 years, and had a second home in Cornwall for many of them. 

Dudley also did a huge amount of unpaid work helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Duncan Williams, originally from Yeolmbridge, in paying tribute to Dudley, said: “I was fortunate enough to work with Dudley way back in the 80s when he played a very heavy drinker in a one off script I wrote. I realised it required a lot of on-screen boozing and I asked Dudley what he wanted to drink during each take as he would likely be drunk as a sack by the time we finished this scene. He said to me, very assertively, ‘Only cold tea, old boy. I don’t touch alcohol. Nearly killed me in the 60s, I haven’t had a drop for years’.

Dudley Sutton, Duncan Williams, John Exshaw
Dudley Sutton, pictured centre, with his Launceston scriptwriters (Duncan Williams and John Exshaw) back in the 1980s.

“Dudley Sutton had been sober for decades when he finally passed away on September 15 and during that time he had helped countless others beat the demon drink and addiction problems. 

“I found this picture of Dudley back in the height of his Lovejoy series fame back in the 80s. I was fortunate enough to work with him as a screenwriter here. One of the most well read people I have met, and very political aware. A committed socialist to the end. Was a huge influence on my thinking back then. 

“God bless you, Dudley. You will be much missed.”

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