Richard Franklin has sadly passed away at the age of 87.
The actor, best known for playing Captain Mike Yates in Doctor Who, died in his sleep on Christmas Day.
In a statement, a spokesperson for his family said: “Richard sadly died in his sleep after fighting long-term illness.”
It is with great sadness, that the family of Richard Franklin have asked me to share news of his passing, early this morning. Richard passed away peacefully in his sleep. Details of funeral arrangements will be shared here when announced. Sleep well Richard. #RIP– Líam Rudden pic.twitter.com/TgsSADbQYt
— Richard Franklin (@PlanetFranklin) December 25, 2023
“We are deeply saddened by his loss, we will fondly remember him for his generosity, creative spirit and fantastic story telling.
“He is also well remembered outside the family for his long-running career in TV and theatre where he delighted audiences of all ages.
“This gave him great joy and we know his legacy will last.”