Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who Actor Paul Darrow Dies at Age 78

Paul Darrow
Actor Paul Darrow in a scene from the television show 'Blake's 7', December 22nd 1977. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)

Actor Paul Darrow Has Passed Away

It is with great sorrow that I must be the bearer of some heartbreaking news. Paul Darrow has passed away after an illness at the age of 78, according to BBC. He was mostly known for his talent as Kerr Avon in the cult British sci-fi series Blake’s 7, about a group of spaceship-dwelling rebels who attempt to outwit the totalitarian Federation. Avon was a supporting character at the start of the series, yet due to Darrow’s impressive performance, he quickly became the show’s lead, following Fareth Thomas who played Blake. 

A Hard-working Actor

Darrow was a hard-working actor with an extensive acting career. He appeared in more than 200 TV series; he was well-known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the cult BBC series Blake’s 7.Paul Darrow

Along with Blake’s 7, Darrow had two important arcs in the fan favorite Doctor Who. Here he played Captain Hawkins back in 1970, then returned to the series as Tekker 15 years later.

Not only did he grace the British sci-fi series, but he was also part of Law & Order UK, Star Wars: The Old Republic video game, even Die Another Day. This happens to be one of my favorite Bond movies.

Born in 1941, Darrow grew up and attended the Haberdasher’s Aske’s Boys’ school. Then began his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he had the pleasure to bunk with fellow actors Ian McShane and John Hurt. Darrow now joins his late wife of 48 years, actress Janet Lees-Price, who passed away in 2012.

Many have paid tribute to the actor including British TV presenter, and Darrow’s fellow Doctor Who veteran, Peter Purves.  

“Very sad to hear my colleague — I worked with Paul in repertory in Barrow in Furness long before either of us a worked on TV in 1962 — Paul Darrow, passed this morning,” wrote Purves on Twitter. “He suffered somewhat in his latter years. RIP.”

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