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Saturday 11th July 2020

The Bill and Flash Gordon star Tony Scannell dies aged 74

The actor played Ted Roach for over nine years

The Bill legend Tony Scannell, who played DS Ted Roach for nine years, has died aged 74.

He also starred in Flash Gordon, Evil Never Dies and The Waking Dead.

His cause of death has not been confirmed, but it was revealed in a Facebook tribute from a fan of the actor.

Tony Scannell's Ted Roach was a The Bill legend (Credit: Shutterstock/Freemantle Media)

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Fan tribute

"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 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.

"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!"

Tony Scannell in The Bill

Tony played Ted Roach from 1984 until 1993 when he quit Sun Hill police station.

Ted Roach starred alongside Lily Savage in episodes of The Bill (Credit: Freemantle Media/Shutterstock)

He returned briefly as a private detective in 2000 and starred alongside Paul O'Grady (as Lily Savage) as a snout named Roxanne.

Ted died off-screen in a hit and run in 2004.

Irish actor Tony was born in Cork in 1945 and his dad was a goalkeeper for the Republic of Ireland.

Tony was also said to be a talented musician who played keyboard.

Tributes have poured in on social media for the star.

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