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All the TV stars who’ve died in 2021 – from John Challis to Jimmy Greaves

It has been a tragic few weeks in the world of television, made worse by Sunday’s double blow of losing both John Challis and Jimmy Greaves.

The TV stars follow tragic news of three Gogglebox stars dying in just a matter of weeks, as well as the death of The Wire icon Michael K Williams.

Tributes were paid to actor Michael K Williams at the Emmy awards just weeks after his death on Sunday evening.

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The Wire star, who memorably played shotgun-wielding stick-up man Omar Little in HBO’s acclaimed crime drama, was found dead at the age of 54 on September 6.

On the same day, it was confirmed Tottenham record scorer Jimmy Greaves – star of Saint and Greavsie – had died at the age of 81, as well as Only Fools and Horses legend John Challis.

Here are all the famous faces from the world of telly we have lost this year:

John Challis

Sir David Jason is among the Only Fools And Horses cast members who have paid tribute to John Challis following his death.

Tributes poured in on Sunday after it was announced Challis had died from cancer at the age of 79.


Michael K Williams

Michael K. Williams was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his Brooklyn penthouse.

Sarah Harding

Girls Aloud star and reality TV contestant Sarah Harding tragically died aged just 39 last month, having lost a brave battle with breast cancer.

Sean Lock

Sean Lock died from cancer at the age of 58 on August 18.

The comedian was best known for his role as a team captain on Jimmy Carr’s Channel 4 comedy panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats and its spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

He also wrote and starred in the popular BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High.

Chelsea supporters paid tribute to the late Sean Lock
Chelsea supporters paid tribute to the late Sean Lock

Una Stubbs

Una Stubbs died at the age of 84 on August 12.

The actress, who was known for he roles in TV shows like Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part, Sherlock and EastEnders, passed away at her home in Edinburgh, her agent confirmed.

Mary Cook

Gogglebox star Mary Cook died aged 92 last month, with tributes flooding in for the sofa star.

Marina led the tributes, with the legendary duo paid tribute to by Gogglebox cast members on stage at the NTAs two weeks ago.

Andy Michael

Andy, another Gogglebox star, died aged just 61 in August.

The sad news was revealed in a statement from Channel 4 and Studio Lambert on behalf of his family.

Jono Coleman

Australian TV and radio star Jonathan ‘Jono’ Coleman died at the age of 65 on July 9.

Coleman, who is survived by his wife Margot and two children, died after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

Gogglebox star Pete McGarry who passed away recently
Gogglebox star Pete McGarry who passed away recently

Pete McGarry

Pete died aged 71 in June.

The Gogglebox star’s son George Gilbey paid tribute, alongside his wife.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Gogglebox star Pete McGarry passed away at the age of 71 this weekend with his family by his side after a short illness,” began the post.

Harry Potter
Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy in the film franchise, died aged 52 of cancer.

Helen McCrory

McCrory starred as matriarch Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders and as Clair Dowar in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. Her other notable movie roles include Cherie Blair in 2006’s The Queen, and appearances in the Harry Potter franchise, portraying Narcissa Malfoy for The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2.

Nikki Grahame

Nikki Grahame died on April 9 aged 38 after battling anorexia.

Grahame first rose to fame on Big Brother in 2006, where she came in fifth place. She became well known for her hilarious Diary Room segments.

Paul Ritter

Paul Ritter died on April 5 aged 54 after a battle with a brain tumour.

One of the star’s most famous roles was that of quirky father Martin on hit sitcom Friday Night Dinner. Ritter also appeared on The Bill, Vera and critically acclaimed mini-series Chernobyl.

Ian St John

Former footballer and TV star Ian St John died on March 1 aged 82. St John was a legendary Liverpool star, playing for the Anfield side 425 times between 1961 and 1971.

Johnny Briggs

Johnny Briggs died on February 28 aged 85 following a long illness.

The Mike Baldwin actor was renowned for his decades on Coronation Street.

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond died on February 1 aged 44 after a battle with cancer.

Dustin was most famous for playing Screech in classic teen sitcom Saved By The Bell. The show began in 1988 and propelled Dustin and his young cast mates to instant fame.

Larry King

Talk show host Larry King died on January 23, aged 87, after contracting coronavirus.

Mick Norcross

Mick Norcross died on January 21 aged 57.

Norcross appeared on ITV hit TOWIE alongside his son Kirk, and was well known in Essex as the boss of popular celebrity nightspot the Sugar Hut.

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