BBC Grange Hill and Sweeney Todd star Lee Whitlock dies aged just 54

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BBC Grange Hill and Sweeney Todd actor Lee Whitlock has died aged just 54. The BBC Grange Hill and Sweeney Todd star has sparked an outpouring of grief with his sad passing.

Acting agency Urban Collective confirmed the sad news on Twitter. A tweet from Urban Collective read: “Saddened by the death of our client Lee Whitlock. Lee was a great character & a great actor who has left a legacy of brave & groundbreaking work achieved at a particularly young age.

“Lee was hugely entertaining, funny & positive to work with, condolences to family & friends. RIP.” In reply, a fan said: “Very sad news indeed. He certainly made an impression on me and his work on The Two Of Us was ground breaking and hugely important to the LGBTQ+ community.

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“A legacy to be proud of. Condolences to his family and sending love to all.” At age 12 he gave his debut in the British television series The Gentle Touch in 1980.

In 1982 he appeared as Stanley Moon, the son of Harvey Moon, in the series Shine on Harvey Moon and as Falstaff’s page Robin in The Merry Wives of Windsor. However, he was best known for his roles in Grange Hill, A Touch of Frost, Casualty, and The Bill and for appearing alongside Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the 2007 film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Another tribute online today reads: “Just wanted to say how gutted I was to hear that the brilliant actor Lee Whitlock died yesterday. He was a lovely person, modest, funny, and kind, wonderfully cheeky, forever boyish, and will be sorely missed by all that knew him.”

“Sad to hear about the death of Lee Whitlock,” agreed another. “He was a good guy and will be missed. We had a lot of mutual friends so over the years we would hang out and watch Arsenal games together. I also worked with him on the Dexter Fletcher film Wild Bill.”

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