British TV veteran Brian Cant dead at 83

19th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

Beloved British children's TV entertainer Brian Cant has died, aged 83.

The star, who hosted the BBC's Play School for 21 years from 1964, and Play Away, passed away at a retirement home after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.

Cant also appeared on Jackanory and Dappledown Farm, which ran from 1990 to 2003, while his voice featured in popular shows like Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley.

Brian trained as a printer before discovering a talent for acting.

Blackadder star Tony Robinson was among the first to pay tribute to Cant on Monday (19Jun17), calling him "my mentor and friend on Play Away", and adding, "We wrote and performed together for two years. Always patient, courteous and funny."

Cant received a special Children's Bafta award in 2010.

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