Comedian, writer and actor Barry Cryer has died aged 86. He wrote lyrics for comedians Bruce Forsyth and Bob Hope, but also for the comedy program ‘The Two Ronnies’ that was shown on the BBC. He was also heard on BBC radio programs such as ‘Just A Minute’ and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’.

“One of the absolute greats of British comedy, Barry Cryer, is no more”
Barry starred in a number of films, including Bloodbath at the House of Death . In this he played the role of a police officer. The actor, who was born in Leeds in 1935, was once spotted on stage by presenter and writer David Frost. The duo then worked together on, for example, the BBC show The Frost Report . He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Music Hall Society in 2018 for his career as a comedian.

The deceased Briton is commemorated on social media on Thursday by many people with whom he worked. “Barry Cryer was as it should be. An incredibly funny man who worked with – and wrote for – the giants of the comedy world,” writes actor Mark Gatiss.

Comedian Stephen Fry is also sad. Such sad news, one of the absolute greats of British comedy, Barry Cryer, is no more. A glorious, beautiful, hilarious and talented writer and performer who transcended all comedic traditions.’