Gary Waldhorn dead – Dawn French leads heartbreaking tributes to Vicar of Dibley star who has died aged 78

DAWN French has led the heartbreaking tributes to her Vicar of Dibley co-star Gary Waldhorn.

The 78-year-old actor, who played Councillor David Horton in the BBC sitcom, sadly passed away on Monday.

Dawn, who was cast alongside Gary in the hit BBC sitcom, posted a picture of the tragic star along with a heartbroken emoji.

Gary is the sixth starring actor from Dibley who have tragically died in the last eight years.

His son Josh said in a statement today: "Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly!

"He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley and his son Josh.

"We will all miss him terribly."

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Gary was known for his work in British sitcoms, most notably The Vicar of Dibley.

He also played Richard Beamish in All at No 20, and Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes.

And he provided voiceovers for adverts including for Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.

Waldhorn was an accomplished Shakespearean actor and had performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company including in Much Ado About Nothing.

BBC Comedy said: "Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nation's most treasured BBC shows, and of course as councillor David Horton in The Vicar Of Dibley.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

Fans have also been paying tribute to the iconic star on social media.

One wrote on Twitter: "My deepest condolences to Gary Waldhorn's family and friends.

"I am honoured to have known his talent through the role of David Horton and that God gave me the ability to learn English as a second language. Rest assured he brought joy to many."

Another said: "Sad to note that another of the cast of the popular and influential BBC TV comedy The Vicar of Dibley, Gary Waldhorn, has passed away."

A third added: "Very sad news indeed. Best known for playing David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley, Gary Waldhorn was one of our finest British actors – excellent in every role he played.

"Can’t think of anyone better to have played the haughty Mr Horton to Dawn French’s vivacious vicar. RIP."

Gary's co-star in The Vicar of Dibley, Emma Chambers, also sadly past away aged 53 in 2018.

From 1994 to 2007 Emma played the role of Alice Tinker in the hit BBC comedy – starring opposite Dawn French.

On February 24, 2018, it was announced by Emma's management service that she had died from natural causes.

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