Nicholas Donnelly, a Grange Hill legend, died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 83.
Nicholas Donnelly, an 83-year-old actor, has died, according to his bereaved family.
The actor was best known for his role as schoolteacher Mr. MacKenzie in the BBC series Grange Hill.
Nicholas Donnelly, who starred in Grange Hill, died at the age of 83, according to his family.
The actor, who played Mr. MacKenzie, a teacher in the series for about eight years, died in his sleep over the weekend. He had not been ill.
“He was a gracious, kind, and lovely man, a wonderful father and grandfather,” according to a statement released by his family.
“He was also very funny and brilliant at telling stories and acting out all the characters, wonderful company and a pleasure to know.”
“There was nothing he enjoyed more than providing hospitality and making people feel at ease.”
Donnelly also played Sergeant Johnny Wills in the BBC police drama Dixon Of Dock Green, which starred Jack Warner as George Dixon in the title role.
“Many of my scenes were with Jack Warner, who played Dixon – particularly as his right-hand man with a fast pair of legs, whenever we had to chase a load of crooks,” he was quoted as saying to the Daily Express in 2015.
I was promoted to acting sergeant, sergeant, and even dog handler thanks to the producers.”
“Jack was kind to everyone and very professional; he made the show a huge success and we were like a family because of him,” he told the newspaper.
“Every year at the end of the season, we had a party, and as soon as Jack walked into the room, you noticed him; it was his charisma, which you can’t define, buy, or learn – but he had it.”
The show’s ‘Evening all’ and ‘Goodnight, all’ greetings from Warner’s character became a staple.
Donnelly met his wife Alrun in Germany during his National Service in the late 1950s, and the couple has been married for over 60 years.
They had five grandchildren as well as two sons and twin daughters.
The actor, a Queens Park Rangers supporter, grew up in Kensington, and his other TV credits include appearances in Roger Moore’s The Saint.
He appeared in films such as Venom (1982), a horror film, and Carry On Sergeant, a comedy.
He and his wife moved to Hastings in 1993, where he served as a lay minister at St Mary Star Catholic Church.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.