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03 November 2020 16:40

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Actor and comedian John Sessions dies aged 67

The actor and comedian John Sessions has died at the age of 67. Sessions, best known for appearing on television shows including Whose Line Is It Anyway, Have I Got News For You and QI, died following a heart attack at his home in south London. He first gained acclaim with a series of live one-man comedy shows in the 80s, before becoming a panellist on the original radio version of Whose Line Is It Anyway alongside Stephen Fry. He later transferred to television with the programme. As well as his work on panel shows, he was known for his turn in Spitting Image playing, among others, Norman Tebbit and Sir Laurence Olivier, and the cult comedy Stella Street, which also saw him act as an impressionist. Other film roles included Macmorris in Henry V – directed by his Rada contemporary Kenneth Branagh – and Salerio in Michael Radford's The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons.

Leading the tributes online, writer and radio DJ Danny Baker described Sessions as "terrific company always and a true talent. Travel easy, chum..." The team behind QI praised his "incredible wit and encyclopaedic knowledge [which] played a huge part in the show's history". Robert Webb said: "Bobby Ball and now John Sessions! Comedian and actor John Sessions has died at the age of 67, his agent has confirmed. Alex Irwin of Markham, Froggatt & Irwin said in a statement: "It is with great sadness we can confirm that on Monday 2 November, the actor John Sessions died at his home in south London.

Sessions was best known for his regular appearances on TV panel shows including Whose Line Is It Anyway? Starring in the inaugural episode of QI back in 2003, the team behind the fact-filled quiz were among the first to pay tribute, tweeting: "John Sessions was a panellist on QI's first ever episode: Series A, Episode One, 'Adam'. Hosted by Clive Anderson, Sessions regularly appeared alongside performers including Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery, Greg Proops and Mike McShane in the first three series of the show. Tributes from fellow performers on social media included a tweet from Danny Baker, who said he was "shocked" by the news, and described Sessions as "terrific company always and a true talent". He went on: "His roles at the heart of this, my favourite radio series, have given endless pleasure to me and will continue to do so always.

Peepshow star Robert Webb wrote: "Bobby Ball and now John Sessions! Blur musician Graham Coxon tweeted simply: "John Sessions... Although well known for his comedy roles, Sessions was a classically trained actor, and studied alongside Kenneth Branagh at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (RADA) in the late 1970s. pic.twitter.com/S4OHEUV3vR — Danny Baker (@prodnose) November 3, 2020 COMEDIAN and actor John Sessions has died aged 67 after suffering a heart attack. The star, best known for appearances on TV shows Whose Line Is It Anyway? 5 Actor and comedian John Sessions has died aged 67 Credit: Jason Alden Broadcaster Danny Baker wrote on Twitter: "Shocked to hear that John Sessions has died at 67. 5 Broadcaster Danny Baker said he was 'shocked' to hear of Sessions's death A tweet from the team behind panel show QI said: "John Sessions was a panellist on QI's first ever episode: Series A, Episode One, 'Adam'. Actor and writer Robert Webb wrote on Twitter: "Bobby Ball and now John Sessions! Blur musician Graham Coxon said: "John Sessions... The actor also appeared in the surreal comedy series Stella Street, as well as Spitting Image and Skins. He was known for regular appearances on shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, QI and Have I Got News For You, and for his work on Spitting Image. His agent Alex Irwin said in a statement: "It is with great sadness we can confirm that on Monday, the actor John Sessions died at his home in south London. Panel show QI said in a tweet: "John Sessions was a panellist on QI's first ever episode: Series A, Episode One, 'Adam'. Travel easy, chum… pic.twitter.com/S4OHEUV3vR — Danny Baker (@prodnose) November 3, 2020 Broadcaster Danny Baker shared a poster for radio series Beachcomber… By The Way and wrote on Twitter: "Shocked to hear that John Sessions has died at 67. His roles at the heart of this, my favourite radio series, have given endless pleasure to me and will continue to do so always. Actor and writer Robert Webb paid tribute to Sessions and fellow comedian Bobby Ball, whose death was announced at the weekend. Blur musician Graham Coxon said: "John sessions… was mega bright and funny..