The Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor dies after contracting coronavirus

The Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor has died aged 79 after contracting coronavirus.

The actor, best known as part of the 1970s comic trio, died on Sunday morning.

A statement from Brooke-Taylor's agent said: "It is with great sadness that we announce Tim's death early today from Covid-19.

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File photo dated 24/05/1978 of two of The Goodies, Graeme Garden (right) and Tim Brooke-Taylor (2nd right) with a Bill Oddie stand-in cut out at the release of a special celebratory recording entitled M.I.C.K.E.Y M.O.U.S.E. Comedian and actor Tim Brooke-Taylor has died after contracting coronavirus, his agent said. He was 79.
(l-r) Tim Brooke Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden of the Goodies pictured during a signing of their 40th anniversary DVD, at HMV on Oxford Street in central London.
(l-r) Tim Brooke Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden of the Goodies pictured during a signing of their 40th anniversary DVD, at HMV on Oxford Street in central London.
Portrait of The Goodies (Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden) photographed at Simpsons in London in January 2005.; (Photo by Edd Westmacott/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Portrait of The Goodies (Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden) photographed at Simpsons in London in January 2005.; (Photo by Edd Westmacott/Photoshot/Getty Images)
L-R: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie (on screen), and Graeme Garden. (Photo by robbie jack/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Tim Brooke-Taylor attends a memorial service for comedian Ronnie Corbett at Westminster Abbey on June 7, 2017 in London, England. Corbett died in March 2016 at the age of 85. (Photo by Joe Maher/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: Tim Brook Taylor attends the 'John Cleese Comedy Roast - 50 Years In Showbusiness' at Mosimanns Restaurant on November 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Portrait of The Goodies (Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden) photographed at Simpsons in London in January 2005.; (Photo by Edd Westmacott/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Portrait of The Goodies (Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden) photographed at Simpsons in London in January 2005.; (Photo by Edd Westmacott/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Portrait of The Goodies (Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden) photographed at Simpsons in London in January 2005.; (Photo by Edd Westmacott/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Comic actors (left to right) Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Bird and Graham Chapman (1941 - 1989) performing the 'Top of the Form' sketch in 'The Secret Policeman's Other Ball' at the Drury Lane theatre, London, 9th September 1981. The show is a benefit to raise funds for Amnesty International. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
English comedians (left to right) Graham Chapman (1941 - 1989), John Cleese and Tim Brooke-Taylor performing the 'Card Dance' sketch in 'The Secret Policeman's Other Ball', at the Drury Lane theatre, London, 9th September 1981. The show is a benefit to raise funds for Amnesty International. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
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"Joining Footlights in 1960 took him to providing a huge variety of splendid entertainment – television, radio, theatre, film, books, DVDs, CDs, quizzes, etc. – all of which he undertook with energy and a great sense of fun.

"We will remember him for so much but must just mention The Goodies and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. He had, of course, many fans whom he always treated cheerfully even after long and exhausting rehearsals and recordings.

"He was an exceptional client and a pleasure to represent. We're grateful that we have so much of his work to view, read and listen to.

"In all the time with us and in all his showbiz work, he has been supported by Christine, his wife."

Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4's commissioning editor for comedy, added: "Tim Brooke-Taylor had a long and distinguished career in comedy.

"He was charming, quick witted and a hugely skilful comic.

"He was much loved both by our listeners and by his colleagues, and he will be sorely missed by all at Radio 4."

Brooke-Taylor began his acting career at Cambridge University where he was president of the famed Footlights performing arts club.

He toured internationally with the Footlights revue in 1964 before finding wider recognition for his work on BBC Radio with I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again.

Brooke-Taylor moved into TV with At Last The 1948 Show, where he starred alongside John Cleese and Graham Chapman.

But it was as one of The Goodies, alongside Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, that he found international fame, earning household name status in Australia and New Zealand and attracting millions of viewers in its heyday.

He was a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue for over 40 years.

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