Kasterborous is sad to relate the passing of popular British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, who was 69. Succumbing to pancreatic cancer just a few weeks short of his 70th birthday, the actor was well-known on TV screens in the UK as the character Trigger in Only Fools and Horses between 1982 and 2003. Lloyd-Pack was known to Doctor Who fans as the creator of the Cybermen in 2006 two-part serial Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel (a clip from which you can see above).
As well as his most famous role (which he latterly described as “an albatross”), Roger Lloyd-Pack also played a memorable part in The Vicar of Dibley (farmer Owen Newitt, 1994-2007). Following his first appearance on TV in a 1965 episode of The Avengers, Lloyd-Pack can be found turning up in some of the most memorable shows of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, including a sinister turn as assassin Ramos in The Professionals (1978), and in both versions of Terry Nation’s Survivors, in 1976 and 2010.
He could also be spotted in notable movies such as The Naked Civil Servant (1975, opposite John Hurt), 2004′s Vanity Fair, 2005′s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (as Bart Crouch Sr, father of David Tennant’s Barty Crouch Jr) and 2011′s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Lloyd-Pack was also an accomplished stage actor.
Lloyd-Pack was a campaigner for socialist issues, appearing on televised discussions and at local meetings, but withdrew support for the Labour Party in 2013 in favour of a genuinely socialist movement.
He is survived by his wife, Jehane Markham, a daughter (actress Emily Lloyd) and three sons.
Our sister site Cult Britannia currently features five more memorable Roger Lloyd-Pack moments.