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Sherlock Holmes actor Douglas Wilmer has died aged 96

The 96-year-old passed away after suffering from pneumonia.

SHERLOCK HOLMES ACTOR Douglas Wilmer has died aged 96.

The 96-year-old passed away in Ipswich on Thursday after suffering from pneumonia.

Douglas Wilmer death Source: PA WIRE

The Sherlock Holmes Society Of London released a statement last night:

“It is with great sadness that we report the death of our Honorary Member Douglas Wilmer. He passed away early in the morning of Thursday 31st March in Ipswich Hospital after a short illness.

Douglas Wilmer will be remembered for his wit, his what-the-hell attitude to life, his generosity of spirit, his fund of often repeatable anecdotes and his delightful company.

The writer and actor Mark Gatiss – who plays Sherlock’s older brother Mycroft – posted a photograph of himself with Wilmer on Twitter.

Wilmer trained at Rada and had a long career on stage and in TV and film.

He made his London stage debut in 1945 and also had roles in huge films such as Cleopatra and El Cid.

However, he was best known for his starring role as Sherlock Holmes.

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