8 Oct 2011

Actor famous for role as TV cop dies

5:41 pm on 8 October 2011

British actor George Baker, who played Chief Inspector Wexford in the television series The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, has died at the age of 80.

During a career spanning six decades, the versatile actor starred in countless TV shows including Minder, Bergerac, I, Claudius and more recently, New Tricks and Spooks.

He also featured in around 30 films including The Dam Busters, The Ship That Died of Shame and The 39 Steps, and he played a James Bond ally in The Spy Who Loved Me. He also formed his own theatre company.

Baker, who was married three times and leaves five daughters, was also a talented writer, penning a cookery book as well as award-winning pieces for radio and television.