Keighley-born The Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes dies aged 79

Joann Johnston
November 22, 2017

Rodney Bewes, best known for playing Bob Ferris in the BBC sitcom The Likely Lads, has passed away aged 79.

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? was one of BBC's more popular shows back in the day.

Bewes came from Bingley in Yorkshire and had four children - Billy, Joe, Tom and Daisy and had two grandkids - Oscar and Eliza.

He went on to star in the sequel to the sitcom, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, alongside James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth and Sheila Fearn. She died in the spring of 2015 following a stroke.

Despite appearing close on-screen, the pair hadn't spoken to each other for nearly 40 years.

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It's understood the feud began in 1976, when Bewes told a personal story about Bolam in a press interview. "Even today, I can watch any episode of The Likely Lads and laugh like it's the first time I've seen it".

Tweeting from their joint account they said: 'We are very sad to hear of the passing of Rodney Bewes, a fine comic actor who we had the honour of meeting and working with.

His agent, who said he would have turned 80 next week, made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon. Do you remember watching him on The Likely Lads?

Bewes has been remembered as a "true one off", The Sun reported.

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