Grange Hill and Bergerac star Sean Arnold dies aged 79 after long illness

Actor Sean Arnold, known for his roles in Bergerac and as Mr. Llewelyn in Grange Hill has died at the age of 79 following a long-term illness.

Co-stars of the 90s Jersey-set detective drama paid tribute to the star, who played Superintendent Barney Crozier, as it emerged the actor had passed last week.

Arnold, who also appeared in Grange Hill in the 1970s and 80s and had roles in Holby City and The Bill, died on 15 April at Lakeside Care Home in St Peter, with a member of his family confirming his death to ITV News.

According to the outlet, one of Arnold’s final wishes was for his ashes to be scattered between Beauport Bay in Jersey and in England.

Under current lockdown rules only one family member is able to attend his cremation, which will take place this week.

Arnold’s Bergerac co-star John Nettles wrote of his comrade’s passing: ‘It is a very sad time and I am still coming to terms with it.

‘He was one of my best friends and we had been friends for 40 years.’

Also paying tribute, Brian Constantine, executive producer at Westward Studios, which is involved in a Bergerac revival, recalled his fondest memory of Arnold.

He said: ‘He had the ability in a room of 150 people to still remember everyone’s names. He had a brilliant mind.

‘He was also a very eccentric dresser and would always stand out.

‘I saw him at his book event and after that I was aware he was ill but the news still came as a shock.

‘It would have been wonderful to have worked with him on the new project, and I am sure he will be sadly missed by Islanders.’

Arnold made one of his final public appearances in November at the Jersey Museum for a reunion of the extras while also launching his book, Anton Myst – a story based on the life of a young actor.

The star, who was nominated for best actor in the British Soap Awards in 2005, also appeared in films including North Sea Hijack, Remembrance, Haunters of the Deep, Speaking of the Devil and Red Rose.

After starring in Bergerac, Arnold settled in Jersey.

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