Tony Scannell dead: The Bill star passes away aged 74

Tony Scannell has died aged 74. 

The Irish actor found fame as DS Ted Roach on The Bill, playing him for nine years until 1993. 

Scannell – who is survived by his partner Agnes Lillis – was also known for his roles in Flash Gordon, Evil Never Dies and Waking The Dead.

Sad news: Tony Scannell has died aged 74. The actor found fame as DS Ted Roach on The Bill, playing him for nine years

Sad news: Tony Scannell has died aged 74. The actor found fame as DS Ted Roach on The Bill, playing him for nine years

Sad news: Tony Scannell has died aged 74. The actor found fame as DS Ted Roach on The Bill, playing him for nine years

The news was announced by a friend of the actor, who posted a Facebook tribute that read: ‘Damn, damn, damn! I’ve just learned from Mark Wingett of the passing of a wonderful actor and dear colleague of his.

‘Tony Scannell played a DS Ted Roach on The Bill for Nine years from 84-93. Any Episode that had him in it would have me fixated on the TV… 

‘I had a very bad case of a young girl crush on Ted/Tony. He was a bit of alright in my books. (despite the fact he was literally three months younger than my Dad!)

‘When Tony retired Ted in 1993 I was gutted! I developed a unreasoning dislike of the new DS John Bolton (Russell Boulter) and ground my teeth every time the ‘holier than thou’ Inspect Andrew Monroe (Colin Tarrant) who caused Ted to quit, came on the screen. I

‘It took me more years than I care to admit (And meeting Russell, Mark and Hew Higginson) to rid myself of those daft feelings. 

‘Ted was such a dynamic character, and although I never did get to meet him, I’m sure Tony was just as amazing… and his memory will be cherished by his loved ones and friends all.

‘Vale Mr Scannell! And thank you!”

Scannell made his debut on The Bill in 1984, in an episode called A Friend in Need, and was only signed on for two only episodes.

However, producers decided to keep him on, and he ended up as regular fixture on the show until 1993, returning for two episodes in 2000.

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