Dudley Sutton
Dudley Sutton in 2009. Photo by Ant Smith via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/antsmith/

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He is perhaps best known in the antiques trade for his portrayal of Tinker Dill in the series Lovejoy, which ran from 1986 to 1994.

Sutton (1933-2018) died at the Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham, south London at the weekend.

A message from his family said: "Today we're devastated by the loss of our beautiful Dudley, who leaves a gaping hole in all our lives.

"We're grateful for the love expressed by friends and fans everywhere and for the extraordinary care he received at the [hospice], where he went out fighting for our NHS."

Actors and friends led the tributes on social media including Robert Lindsay and fellow Lovejoy star Chris Jury, who played Eric Catchpole in the BBC series.

Many in the antiques trade also paid their respects via Twitter.