Richard Franklin: Doctor Who and Emmerdale actor dies on Christmas morning | Ents & Arts News

Dec 25, 2023 | Uncategorized

An actor known for his roles in Doctor Who and Emmerdale died in his sleep on Christmas morning, his family have said.

Richard Franklin was 87.

In a statement, his family said: “Richard sadly died in his sleep after fighting long term illness.

“We are deeply saddened by his loss, we will fondly remember him for his generosity, creative spirit and fantastic story telling.

“He is also well remembered outside the family for his long running career in TV and theatre where he delighted audiences of all ages. This gave him great joy and we know his legacy will last.”

Franklin played Captain Mike Yates in the BBC sci-fi series and was known for fighting off alien invasions.

Liam Rudden, who had been given his first professional acting job by the actor, was “devastated” by the death of a “mentor and a friend”.

Posting on the late star’s X account, Mr Rudden added: “Details of funeral arrangements will be shared here when announced. Sleep well Richard.”

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