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Monday, December 07, 2015

Nicholas Smith - dies at age 81

Published on MailOnline.com
Are You Being Served? actor Nicholas Smith who played store manager Mr Rumbold in the classic sitcom dies aged 81
Nicholas Smith
Actor Nicholas Smith, best known for playing Mr Cuthbert Rumbold in BBC comedy Are You Being Served?, has died at the age of 81. The British star died in hospital on Sunday, shortly after he was admitted following a fall at home. ‘It is with great sadness we can confirm that our client, the actor Nicholas Smith, passed away yesterday,’ said a statement from his agent, Michelle Braidman Associates.

It continued: ‘He was a lovely man and a terrific actor. He will be much missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family.’
His daughter, Holby City actress Catherine Russell, took to her Twitter page to share some recent footage of the legendary actor playing music on the piano. She captioned the post: ‘My dad died. But before he did we got this gem. One of his own compositions. Nicholas Smith 1934-2015.’

Are You Being Served? first aired in 1972, with Smith as Mr Rumbold, the manager of fictional department store Grace Brothers. Smith was a fixture on the popular show until its end in 1985, and was the last surviving member of the original cast.

Early notable TV appearances included a stint in a 1964 Doctor Who episode titled The Dalek Invasion Of Earth. He also appeared in shows such as The Saint and The Champions.

Smith voiced Reverend Clement Hedges in the 2005 film Wallace & Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and his most recent TV appearance was in M.I. High five years ago.
cast of 'Are You Being Served?'
Are You Being Served? also starred the likes of Frank Thornton and former EastEnders star Wendy Richard. Thornton died in 2013 aged 92, while Richard passed away after battling breast cancer in 2009. Other members of the original cast included John Inman and Mollie Sugden, both of whom have also died.

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