It has just been announced that British TV legend Ronnie Corbett has died at the age of 85. His publicist said he passed away surrounded by his family in a statement:
“Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family. They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”
The actor and comedian, who was born in Edinburgh, was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012 for his services to entertainment and charity. Upon finishing school, he didn’t go to university, instead going to work for the Ministry of Agriculture, which is now known as the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. He served his national service in the Royal Air Force, where he became the shortest commissioned officer in the armed forces. Corbett is survived by his wife Anne, and their two daughters, Emma and Sophie.
His acting career began with “Take It Easy” in 1956, but it is best known for the 16-year spanning show, “The Two Ronnies”, a sketch show with Ronnie Barker.
Below is one of the best-loved sketches from the show – ‘Four Candles’.