The Bill and Flash Gordon star Tony Scannell ‘dies aged 74’

Tony Scannell has died at the age of 74, according to reports

Actor Tony Scannell, best known for his take on DS Ted Roach in The Bill as well as his role in Flash Gordon, has died aged 74, according to reports.

It was suggested on social media he passed away on Wednesday, with his death seemingly confirmed by a friend who wrote a heartfelt tribute on Facebook.

Scannell starred as DS Roach for nine years in the 1980s and 90s after reportedly only signing on for two episodes.

He also starred in Flash Gordon, Evil Never Dies and Waking The Dead.

The cause of death and the confirmed date of Scannell’s passing have not yet been revealed.

A friend wrote online: ‘Damn, damn, damn! I’ve just learned from [actor] Mark Wingett of the passing of a wonderful actor and dear colleague of his.’

He was best known for his role in The Bill (Picture: /REX/Shutterstock)

Tony Scannell (as Croker) and Gary Mavers (as Mike)in Wait Until Dark, 2003 (Picture: Corbis Entertainment)

They went on: ‘Tony Scannell played a DS Ted Roach on The Bill for Nine years from 84-93. Any Episode that had him in it would have me fixated on the TV… I had a very bad case of a young girl crush on Ted/Tony. He was a bit of alright in my books. (despite the fact he was literally three months younger than my Dad!)

‘When Tony retired Ted in 1993 I was gutted! I developed a unreasoning dislike of the new DS John Bolton (Russell Boulter) and ground my teeth every time the ‘holier than thou’ Inspect Andrew Monroe (Colin Tarrant) who caused Ted to quit, came on the screen.’

They added: ‘Ted was such a dynamic character, and although I never did get to meet him, I’m sure Tony was just as amazing… and his memory will be cherished by his loved ones and friends all.

‘Vale Mr Scannell! And thank you!’

Actress Katy Manning also took to social media to share a tribute, as friends of Scannell’s began posting images of the star.

Manning wrote on Twitter: ‘Another wonderful actor #TonyScannell best known for his superb portrayal of Ted Roach in #TheBill has gone on his awfully big adventure.

another wonderful actor #TonyScannell best known for his superb portrayal of Ted Roach in #TheBill has gone on his awfully big adventure .he was a gentle soul who i was lucky to work with on a film a few years ago . my ❤️goes put yo his much loved family

— KatyManning Official (@ManningOfficial) May 27, 2020

#RIP Tony Scannell aka DS Ted Roach in The Bill who passed away yesterday aged 74

— Erron Gordon (@errongordon) May 28, 2020

‘He was a gentle soul who i was lucky to work with on a film a few years ago . my Red heartgoes put yo his much loved family (sic).’

Fans of The Bill shared their heartbreak, as sites dedicated to the show addressed his dead.

One wrote on Twitter: ‘Today we must share some very sad news with you. We send our love and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Tony Scannell.

‘Such a talented actor his portrayal of Ted Roach was legendary, he will forever stay in the fondest memories of #thebill fans worldwide.’

The actor is survived by his partner Agnes Lillis and three children.

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