TV Love­joy’s mate Tinker dead at 85

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY KEITH PERRY

LOVE­JOY star Dud­ley Sut­ton has died of can­cer aged 85.

He was best known for his role as Tinker Dill, the side­kick to Ian Mcshane’s rogueish an­tiques dealer in the hit BBC com­edy drama.

His other TV cred­its in­cluded the Bei­der­becke Tril­ogy, Smi­ley’s Peo­ple and The Sweeney. He also ap­peared in Em­merdale and Eas­ten­ders .

Speak­ing last year about his time in Love­joy, Dud­ley – who had a five-year mar­riage to US ac­tress Mar­jorie Steele in the Six­ties – said: “It’s what they’re go­ing to say on my obit­u­ary when I die, re­gard­less of all the di­verse stuff I’ve done.

“Peo­ple recog­nise Tinker. They don’t recog­nise Dud­ley Sut­ton.”

DRAMA Ac­tor Dud­ley Sut­ton

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