BREAKING: Sadness as much loved British TV star dies

TRIBUTES have been pouring in for sci-fi legend Paul Darrow, who has passed away.

Paul Darrow has died, a spokeswoman for JACKfm has confirmed.

Ian Walker, CEO of the JACK brand, said: “Paul Darrow has been JACK’s shining star.

“Over the past 12 years I have had the pleasure of spending countless hours with Paul listening to his life stories and have shared many bottles of his favourite Bordeaux, whilst enjoying his quirky jokes and sense of humour.

“When we first launched JACK in the UK, we cast over 85 voices for the role and we could not have asked for anyone more unique. Paul’s rich tones and flippant delivery style always brought a smile to everyone who knew him and of course heard him on JACKfm and Union JACK radio.

“I could not have asked for a better friend.”

Darrow was best-known for his role as Avon on hit 70s and 80s sci-fi show, Blake 7.

As well as starring in the popular BBC show, she also starred in a number of other programmes including Doctor Who, The Saint, Z Cars, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Little Britain.

Maureen Marrs, his long-time companion and PA, said: “Over three decades I have been Paul’s confidante and have had the immense privilege of being part of his life.

“A star has gone out today; the world will be a darker place without him.”

Darrow also appeared in a number of stage productions, including four seasons at the Bristol Old Vic and London’s West End, and was the voice of JACKfm and Union JACK radio.

Tim Parker, programme director at JACKfm, said: “What an amazing, colourful character Paul was.

“He has mixed with the greats over the last 50 years and had a story to tell you for every occasion. His voice acting skills were like no other.

“He had the ability to take our written JACK lines and deliver them in his own, unique style loaded with his own personality. This was always better than we ever imagined.

“What a sad loss to the team here at JACK. We will remember and celebrate his character, personality and amazing skills for years to come.”

Friends and fans also shared their sadness at the news on social media.

One Twitter user said: “Sad to hear that sci-fi legend Paul Darrow has passed away.”

While another continued: “So sad to hear my dear friend Paul Darrow has died. I owed him much and his memory and friendship will always be with me. My condolences to Maureen. RIP Pauly x”