Friday Night Dinner star Harry Landis dies aged 90

Friday Night Dinner actor Harry Landis has died at the age of 90.

The London-born star, who played Mr Morris in the Channel 4 comedy, died on Monday with his agent confirming the news.

A statement on social media read: ‘Sad news. Our lovely client Harry Landis has passed to spirit

‘Harry had an amazing career and gained a new following in later life as Mr Morris in Friday Night Dinner. It was a privilege to have worked with him as a client. Harry you will be sadly missed. RIP.’

Fellow Friday Night Dinner star Tracy-Ann Oberman, who played Auntie Val in the series, took to Twitter to pay tribute.

‘Bloody loved #HarryLandis. I am so sorry to hear of his passing,’ she penned.

Fans also paid their respects online, with one writing: ‘RIP Harry, you were an incredibly gifted actor and you’ll be sorely missed, sleep well.’

Another said: ‘Gutted. RIP Harry Landis aka Mr Morris from Friday Night Dinner. You had my entire family howling and crying with laughter during lockdown. The best lockdown antidote.’

Landis began acting aged 15 and landed his first job after graduating from drama school.

His first television appearance was in 1955, in the pilot episode of Dixon of Dock Green, where he went on to appear in a number of further episodes, including the final, which aired over 25 years later.

Over the course of his career, Landis appeared in several shows including Minder, EastEnders, Goodnight Sweetheart, and Casualty.

Landis was also a director and directed productions at the Unity Theatre before going on to become the artistic director of the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, where he orchestrated some 40 plays.

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