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Brit thesp Edward Woodward has died at the age of 79, the BBC reports.

The actor, who'll be fondly remembered for making an ill-advised 1973 visit to Summerisle, passed away at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro as the result of "various illnesses including pneumonia".

Confirming his death, Woodward's agent Janet Glass said: "Universally loved and admired through his unforgettable roles in classic productions, he was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness. His passing will leave a huge gap in many lives."

Woodward's career spanned theatre, film and television, with his most memorable small screen roles including Callan, and 87 episodes of The Equalizer between 1985 and 1989.

His film career began with 1955 comedy Where There's a Will, and encompassed a brief appearance in 10 Rillington Place, and more substantial roles in Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers, 'Breaker' Morant and, of course, horror classic The Wicker Man.

His last role was earlier this year, when he visited Albert Square as Tommy Clifford.

Woodward is survived by wife Michele Dotrice and four children. ®

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