Tributes paid to Emmerdale and Benidorm actor Bobby Knutt who has died aged 71

Tributes paid to Emmerdale and Benidorm actor Bobby Knutt who has died aged 71

Tributes paid to Emmerdale and Benidorm actor Bobby Knutt who has died aged 71

Benidorm creator Derren Litten has paid tribute to one of the show’s former stars, Bobby Knutt, who has died aged 71.

Knutt, who was known for his role as Albert Dingle in Emmerdale, was on holiday in the south of France when he died, his agent Tim Scott confirmed.

The comedian had also recently been seen on TV screens as Eddie Dawson in ITV’s Benidorm.

Litten wrote on Twitter: “Very sad Benidorm news guys. The wonderful Bobby Knutt has passed away suddenly aged 71. Sending our Beni love to his family.”

Benidorm co-star Tony Maudsley also remembered Knutt, tweeting: “Take a bow Grandad Dawson. Your Benidorm family will miss you. RIP Bobby Knutt x”.

Louis Emerick, who played Benidorm’s Norman the Doorman for two years between 2014 and 2016, was also touched by the news and remembered how the star offered him words of “reassurance” when he was struggling with nerves ahead of an audition in Sheffield in 1986.

He posted: “I never forgot that moment! Lovely to have met him 30yrs later @BenidormTVshow Rip.”

The official Twitter account of the ITV soap also paid tribute to the star who appeared between 1995 and 2004.

The short post included a sad face and a kiss and read: “Thinking of you, Al.”

Knutt landed one of his first big roles in 1977 as the lead in the Ken Loach-directed BBC drama The Price Of Coal.

On the small screen, he had also starred in Heartbeat and Last Of The Summer Wine.

In the early 1980s he landed a role in Coronation Street as a garage owner.

The official Benidorm Twitter account remembered the actor, tweeting: “Benidorm star and Sheffield legend Bobby Knutt passes away aged 71. Good night Knutty, your Benidorm family loves you.”

Knutt was married to the ex-Great Britain Olympian Donna Hartley, until her death aged 58 in 2013.

More in this Section

Scarlett Moffatt dropped from Saturday Night Takeaway roleScarlett Moffatt dropped from Saturday Night Takeaway role

US actor James Van Der Beek announces wife has suffered a miscarriageUS actor James Van Der Beek announces wife has suffered a miscarriage

Taylor Swift’s former record label appears to allow her to perform old songsTaylor Swift’s former record label appears to allow her to perform old songs

Jennifer Aniston thanks fans after reaching Instagram milestoneJennifer Aniston thanks fans after reaching Instagram milestone


Lifestyle

Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to champion our environmentWinter greens: How to champion our environment this season

More From The Irish Examiner