Actor Geoffrey Palmer dies aged 93

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Actor Geoffrey Palmer has died at the age of 93, according to his agent.

He was perhaps best known for his roles in programmes such as As Time Goes By, The Fall and Butterflies.

Palmer also starred in sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, as well as the 2014 Paddington film.

"We regret to sadly announce that the actor Geoffrey Palmer died peacefully at home yesterday aged 93," his agent said in a statement.

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File photo dated 22/06/2005 of Geoffrey Palmer with wife Sally (left) and daughter Harriet after becoming an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The actor best known for his roles in programmes such as As Time Goes By, The Fall and Butterflies has died at the age of 93.
Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer attending The Oldie of the Year Awards, at Simpsons in the Strand, central London.
Actor Geoffrey Palmer arrives for the memorial service of British actor Derek Nimmo. The service was held in the Actors Church of St Pauls in Covent Garden, London.
Geoffrey Palmer performs Letter from Dalton Trumbo during the fourth night of the Letters Live series at the Freemason's Hall, London.
Geoffrey Palmer has died aged 93. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
ACTOR GEOFFREY PALMER WITH HIS WIFE SALLY AT THE HOME-START ANNUAL CAROL CONCERT AT THE GUARDS CHAPEL IN LONDON, HELD IN THE PRESENCE OF HRH PRINCESS ALEXANDRA.
Actor Geoffrey Palmer arrive for the Laurence Olivier Awards at the London Hilton.
File photo dated 19/09/1986 of (left to right) Alison Steadman, Geoffrey Palmer and Roger Lloyd Pack in rehearsal at the Royal Court Theatre for Alan Bennett's new play Kafka's Dick. Geoffrey Palmer, best known for his roles in programmes such as As Time Goes By, The Fall and Butterflies has died at the age of 93.
Founding members of the Theatre of Comedy Company, based at the Shaftesbury Theatre, gather with the current Run For Your Wife cast to launch their project. Back (l-r): Ray Cooney, Tom Courtenay, Benny Green, Richard Briers, Donald Sinden, Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Maureen Lipman, Bill Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stuart Sherwin. Front (l-r): John Alderton, Carol Hawkins, Liza Goddard, Derek Nimmo, Geoffrey Palmer, Nigel Hawthorne, Julie McKenzie and Paul Eddington.
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As Time Goes By saw Palmer play Lionel Hardcastle alongside Dame Judi Dench as Jean Mary Hardcastle in the BBC One romantic sitcom between 1992 and 2005.

Speaking in 2018, Dame Judi said the actor was the "naughtiest man I have ever worked with".

As she presented him with the Oldie Of The Year title during an awards ceremony for The Oldie magazine, she added: "I wish wish wish that this was the awards for 'most promising newcomer' or maybe even 'the naughtiest man I ever had the pleasure to work with', but it's not."

"I'm going to quote Bernard Shaw as he said about Ellen Terry 'she never seemed old to me'. Well, nor you to me," Dame Judi said.

Palmer and Dame Judi also starred together in James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, which was released in 1997.

Palmer played Admiral Roebuck of the Royal Navy.

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