Duty Free actor Keith Barron dies aged 83

Has died aged 83 following a brief illness.

Rose to fame in the 1960s as Detective Sergeant Swift in The Odd Man.

He also appeared in Coronation Street, Doctor Who, Benidorm and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Barron is best-remembered because of his character Duty Free, in Yorkshire Television sitcom, where he played with with David Pearce.

A statement from his representative said Barron enjoyed “a lengthy and diverse career, of which he was immensely proud.

“He’s survived by his wife Mary to whom he had been married for 58 years and his son, Jamie, also a performer.”

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Image caption Duty Free saw Keith Barron star alongside Neil Stacy, Carlos Douglas, Gwen Taylor, and Joanna Van Gyseghem

Set in Spain, Duty Free ran for three series from 1984 with Barron starring because of character.

The show has been about two partners – David and Amy Pearce and Robert and Linda Cochran, who meet in exactly the resort in Marbella on holiday.

A lot of the show’s humor came from David and Linda’s attempts to hide their affair.

Barron learnt his craft at the Sheffield Playhouse, where he met with his wife.

In a lengthy career, he had a number of appearances in British displays including Physicians, A Touch of Frost and Casualty and starred in Hollywood film The Land That Time Forgot.

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