Coronation Street actor Andrew Hall has died at the age of 65.
The actor, also known for the BBC series Butterflies, died on Monday after a short illness.
A tweet from his management group InterTalent Rights said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our client and friend Andrew Hall.”
Hall was best known for his role as Russell Parkinson in Butterflies between 1978 and 1983.
On the show, he played the son of Wendy Craig and Geoffrey Palmer and the brother of Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Hall later went on to play Marc Selby, the cross-dressing love interest for Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street in 2011 and also appeared in many other television programmes including Hollyoaks, Holby City and Two Point Four Children.
His son Josh Hall said: “Andrew began his acting career playing the character of Russell in the BBC series Butterflies.
“He then worked extensively as an actor on both stage and screen including a period at the RSC and a run as Bill in the West End production of Mamma Mia!
“Later, he worked as a director and producer, enjoying successes with productions including Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at the Trafalgar, and Kindertransport, which toured the UK.”
He added: “Most recently he appeared as The Gentleman in the SyFy series Blood Drive.
“He is survived by his wife Abigail, his mother Mabel, his children Kate and Josh, and his grandchildren Jasper and Maggie.”
Hall’s agent Alex Segal paid tribute to the star, saying of his role in Blood Drive: “His character name was The Gentleman. That couldn’t be more apt. It’s the perfect way to describe Andrew.
“The nicest of men and an extremely talented actor.
“We are so sad to hear of his passing.”
Blood Drive’s creator called Hall “the real deal”
“Sitting here crying trying to make sense of it. Rest in Peace, friend,” he added.